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FEED THE HOMELESS

In the last decade, homeless population increased by 250% across the globe, with over 280,000 homeless individuals in the UK alone. Last year, with our Feed the Homeless drive, we were able to provide a week’s worth of food, sufficient to feed over 250 people, in one day alone.

The absence of shelter is difficult as it is; however, its effects worsen in extreme weather and lack of food. Being homeless in the UK particularly comes with many unfavourable implications, including the fact it becomes extremely difficult to claim governmental food stamps without a residential address. We, at Ummah Charity International identified this growing crisis and decided to provide relief in the form of food to those living without a home in London.

We carefully curated and distributed over 50 food packs in one day alone, last year. Each food pack contained enough food to feed around five people for an entire week, making the total number of beneficiaries of this project around 250. Keeping in mind that homeless people would not have any storage facilities, we added items in the food pack that could last a long time without refrigeration, like small juice boxes, canned vegetables and fruits, tinned pasta, etc.
Sense of Community
In the last two years alone, there have been over 550 reported cases of violent crimes against homeless people in London, according to Metropolitan Police; many cases go unreported. It is then understandably challenging to maintain a belief in communal good when one has been marginalized, mistreated and overlooked. Therefore, at UCI, we felt compelled to reach out to these people in the margins of our society and show them that they are in our thoughts. The last Prophet says:
“O Aisha, Allah is gentle and He loves gentleness. He rewards for gentleness what is not granted for harshness and He does not reward anything else like it.” (Muslim)

Join Hands with Us
Community based work becomes truly impactful when a large number of people come together in helping out their underprivileged contemporaries. That is why we appeal you to join us in our work of providing relief in the form of food to London’s homeless population. Donate £10 or £20 from your Zakat or Sadaqah towards this cause and gain Sawab (divine reward). Islam teaches us the lesson of kindness and compassion to all; this is an opportunity to exhibit the giving spirit of our religion to these vulnerable members of society.

Touching Lives
Those who benefitted from our Feed the Homeless drive were overwhelmed by the kind gesture and voiced their gratitude towards everyone who donated to this initiative. One of the homeless person who received a food pack said:.

”These are kind people, helping us in this terrible weather. I’m sick of the constant hunger and always worrying about my next meal, thank you for not ignoring me, thank you for seeing me as a person.”

Step By Step Donation Process
- We collect your donations through the website
- Once enough money is collected, we make lists of the essential food items that need to be included in each food pack
- We prepare the food packs and sign up volunteers
- We identify areas in London with high homelessness rates
- Our volunteers distribute the food packs to the homeless population in the identified areas.

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