Monday, 26 December 2016

Himmah Foodbank 2016

Introduction
The Himmah foodbank was set up by concerned individuals in the Muslim community to provide help to those in dire economic need in Nottingham - irrespective of faith or no faith - and works with a number of agencies and other organisations in Nottingham to this end. If you wish to donate to the Himmah Foodbank, whether in goods, cash or your time, visit www.himmah.org

Made up Foodpacks, ready to go our to those in need....


Contents of a typical foodpack, costing around £5


Each Foodpack cost around £5 and typically contains :
1kg pasta/rice
2 cans soup/bakes beans
2 cans tinned veg/tinned tomatoes
1 item dessert (tinned fruit/biscuits etc)
20 teabags
1 litre UHT Milk
1 pack cereal
1 item from each of any other categories in stock (e.g. pasta sauce, toiletries....)

Below are some of the foodbank donations that have been kindly provided to Himmah and also some of the resulting events that have been undertaken - in particular it is worth noting that Himmah donate food parcels to the Tasty Tuesdays events held every week at Thomas Helwyn Church in Lenton.

A lot is omitted from the list below, especially committee and social justice campaigning that is constantly going on in the background.

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Dec 2016 : Via Himmah : Himmah's first ever Christmas Day Meal for vulnerable, people who are on their own or those who are Homeless in Nottingham was held at Kabul Express in Hyson Green on 25th Dec 2016. All were welcome and it was free. So many thanks are due:
To Kabul Express Restaurant for hosting
To Annie's Burger Shack & Freehouse for food donations
To Louise for for sorting out the non-alcholic mulled wine too.
To Hillocks Primary School for the donations of Crackers
To Charles Washington for ending the event with a reflection/thought/prayer in the form a short song
To Anmarie Spaziano, Louise Regan, Shoana Qureshi-Khan, Vita, Spark Hillocks Primary School, Faizan Brosefzai, Shazia Khan, Maxine Forbes, Paul Singh AND MANY OTHERS

Himmah Christmas Meal

Himmah Christmas Meal Poster

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Dec 2016 : Via Himmah : Louise Regan has been a volunteer and Donator for what seems like years. and she has been the go between for Himmah and those at Sherwood Labour Party who have been collecting for Himmah. Thank you to folk at Hillocks Primary School for the donations of Crackers for the Xmas Dinner. Thank you also to Janet Hautenne for a very kind donation and to Ivan Wels for being a Rock.

Donation from Louise and Hillocks Primary School

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Dec 2016 : Via Himmah : Vita has donated flapjack she made today for the Himmah Christmas Party , also spiced fruit slice. and then boxes of breakfast bars, mash, peanut butter , ketchup , loo roll, kitchen roll, boxes of cereals.

Donation from Vita

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Dec 2016 : Via Himmah : Thanks today to the Wonderful Anmarie Spaziano Emma 'Loki' Kitchen and Steve from Annie's Burger Shack & Freehouse for dropping a quite amazing donation to Himmah. They brought down lots of food donations for the food bank as well as Sacks of Potatoes, Carrots, Brussell Sprouts, Stuffing and Chicken for The Himmah Christmas Community Meal. Pictures cannot show how generous and huge this donation is. they had to use a van and a car!

Donation from Annie's

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Dec 2016 : Via Himmah : We at Himmah would like to thank Javeria Burwood for collecting some lovely Children's items including some lovely Baskets to give to some local parents in need.

Donation from Javeria Burwood

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Dec 2016 : Via Himmah : The Himmah Food Bank Himmah would like to thank Staff and Pupils at The Berridge School in Hyson Green for a wonderful food collection.

Donation from Berridge School

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Dec 2016 : Via Himmah :Visiting the lovely Louise Cooke at Sharewear today....we are donating duvets and sheets!!

Visit to Sharewear

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Dec 2016 : Via Himmah : Himmah had the Honour and privilege of being asked by The Syrian Community to help them organize their gathering in Nottingham today. Syrian Refugees and the established Syrian Community of Nottingham all gathered today, to eat and celebrate and also reflect.

Syrian Community Gathering

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?? 2016 : On at least three occasions, BFTF has had the trusty i10 rear seat filled with kind donations - once from Shaheen Hafeez; once from a member of the Bahai community called Ali; and once from a kind person in the Sneinton area.

i10 full of donations

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Nov 2016 : Via Himmah : A massive thank you to our fabulous sisters at An Nisa Network tonight providing over 75 people at our Salam Shalom Wednesday evening dinner!! It was so professionally prepared and organised as always....even seconds and takeaway for our most vulnerable and needy in our community.

Al-Nisa at SaSh

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Nov 2016 : Via Himmah :Himmah would once again like to thank the Sherwood Labour Party for a very generous donation to the Himmah Food Bank. you guys have donated on several occasions over the past year or so and we are very grateful for your continued support.

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Nov 2016 : Via Himmah :Thank you to the wonderful Caroline Kerr and the good folk at Campfire Convention with a generous donation of food.

Donation from Caroline Kerr / Campfire Convention

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Sep 2016 : Via Himmah : A big thank you to the NCVS (Nottingham Community Voluntary Services) for collecting all this food for our food bank. NCVS is a collection point for the Himmah Food bank, so please drop off donation there. Thank you.

Donation from NCVS

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Sep 2016 : Via Himmah :Himmah Food Bank would like to thank the wonderful Andrew Calder would another great donation. he is our Rock.

Donation from Andrew Calder

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Aug 2016 : Via Himmah : A short video of our work can be found here.

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Jul 2016 : Via Himmah : Himmah would like to thank Ali Akhbar, Hussain Manny, Mohammed Aamir Ali, and Saqib Mahmood for their very generous donation to the Himmah Food Bank helping those in Need in Nottingham. on their behalf of those in need we thank the family for their generosity.

Donation from Messrs Akhbar, Manny, Aamir Ali and Mahmood

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Jul 2016 : Via Himmah : Himmah would like to thank the family of Khaddam Al Hajjaj Lala Abdul Malik for their very generous donation to the Himmah Food Bank

Donation from the family of
Khaddam Al Hajjaj Lala Abdul Malik

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Apr 2016 : Via Himmah : Many wonderful people took part in the Himmah "Food Parcel Challenge" and raised a total of £2,608.68

The Food Parcel Challenge

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Apr 2016 : Via Himmah : Himmah would like to thank Swaira Alvi and the TSB Nottingham Mortgage Team for volunteering. They helped with shopping for the food bank and then packed Food Parcels ready to go out. they were AMAZING, and even cleaned up the food bank. we cannot thank them enough.

Volunteering by TSB

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Mar 2016 : Via Himmah : Last Wednesday, SASH welcomed the Pakistan Forum. A huge thank you to Dr. Raoof and all his group. Everyone had a wonderful night, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was delightful. We couldn't ask for more!

Pakistan Forum at SaSh

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Mar 2016 : Via Himmah : Himmah would like to thank Andrew Calder for another very generous donation to the Himmah Food Bank

Donation from Andrew Calder

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Mar 2016 : Via Himmah : Himmah would like to thank the Trustees of MERCY Malaysia UK for a very generous cash donation towards our work in Nottingham with Syrian Refugees.

Donation from Trustees of MERCY Malaysia UK

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Mar 2016 : Via Himmah : Himmah would like to thank Islamic Society - University of Nottingham for collecting for the Food Bank and Syrian Refugees.

Donation from UoN ISOC

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Mar 2016 : Via Himmah : Himmah would like to thank Javeria Burwood for collecting Fem Care products and Baby Products for the Food Bank and Syrian Refugees.

Donation from Javeria Burwood

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Mar 2016 : Via Himmah : Since 2011 Himmah has been supporting the Anti-Destitute Group at The Refugee Forum in Nottingham, providing a hot meal at least 1 Saturday every month. we hope this year to be extending this to twice a month and also providing Food Parcels.

We also want to thank the support of Al Majlis Restaurant and it's owner Iftikhar Ahmed who provides the food at no cost to Himmah, volunteering his time and resources for the sake of others. we recommend that you check out Al Majlis Restaurant in Sneinton. the food is great.

Food at Anti-Destitution Meal

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Feb 2016 : Via Himmah : Himmah would like to thank Julie Kenny and staff from The Clinical Haematology department at the City Hospital for a very generous collection of items, from creams, shampoos, soaps, too many to mention.

Donation from Julie and the Clinical Haematology Dept

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Feb 2016 : Via Himmah : What an interesting evening we had last night, as Himmah invited the Syrian Community to join us for food but also an opportunity for them to be listened to and heard. they shared their experiences of being in Nottingham. and told us how they can be helped and supported by the Nottingham. we will publish our findings very soon. it was noisy, Chaotic but so important. they told us that they were happy that they were finally being listened to , and that what they wanted was being seen as valued.

We have many to thank. our partners at Nottingham Arimathea Trust (Caron Boulghassoul ) and Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum (Rebecca Wilson) for their support with this event.

We served 150 meals on the night and want to thank the food provider Al Majlis Restaurant is working in partnership with Himmah to create positive employment and training opportunities for Syrian Refugees in Nottingham. As a start from Five Star Syrian Chef will start to train 2 trainees to work in the catering industry. This is really a positive initiative which will help to integrate refugees in to mainstream society and enable them to find jobs thereby lessening the burden on the public funds.
this is actually quite exciting
Syrian Community Event

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Feb 2016 : Via Himmah : Rev Dr Megan Smith , Vicar at Lenton Holy Trinity , taking delivery of Food Parcels from Himmah (Food Bank) to be given out to those in need at Tasty Tuesdays in Lenton, organised by Dunkirk and Lenton Partnership Forum (DLPF). Tasty Tuesdays is held at Thomas Helwys Baptist Church.

Rev Dr Megan Smith with Himmah Foodbpacks
at Tasty Tuesdays

Related Content
Himmah Foodbank 2015 and earlier

Other Information
Tips on organising a "Bring A Tin" event
It's dead simple and some basic tips can be found here. Contact Himmah (via Sajid 07786 333929 or Farzana 07590258902) if you need food collected.

Other Foodbanks in Nottingham
You can read about the Foodbanks operating in Nottingham, and some testimonies from the people who are helped by them, here.

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