Banking on donations of food

A food appeal to help families hit by rising living costs and falling incomes was boosted by generous donations at Batley’s Madina Masjid Mosque.

Sunday, 7th July 2013, 7:00 am
The Medina Masjid mosque in Mount Pleasant is holding a food collection to support Mike Wood's food bank project. Pictured L/R: Iqbal Bhana, Suleman Nana, Dr Abdul Shaikh, Dr Abdulrehman Raupura

The Mount Pleasant Islamic Trust held a collection event to support Batley Food Bank, a scheme launched by Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood and volunteers to help people struggling to afford to eat.

An appeal was made for people to bring non-perishable items such as rice, pasta, tea bags, tinned food and cereals to the Purlwell Lane mosque on Sunday.

Dr Abdul Rehman Rajpura, chairman of the Mount Pleasant Islamic Trust, said rising numbers of people were relying on food banks to survive.

He said: “Falling living standards and an unprecedented rise in the cost of living has meant the creation of food banks in the UK has become an urgent priority.

“Mount Pleasant Islamic Trust, in response to the harsh economic realities facing the whole of society, joined forces to hold a food bank day, allowing the whole community the chance to donate food for this very noble and charitable cause.”

Rising living costs and cuts to benefits have left around 500,000 people UK-wide relying on food banks to survive, according to research by charities.

Mr Wood said volunteers were working hard to get Batley Food Bank up and running as soon as possible.

He said: “The work done by the mosque has been incredible.

“It shows just how people are prepared to come together and offer help to those who are really suffering from austerity and the fallout from government cuts. It is not ideal that we are having to resort to opening a food bank but it is heart warming that people are so willing to help each other.”

Dr Rajpura said the Trust would like to thank Al-Furqan School, the children of the Medressa and Islamiyah and the wider Batley muslim community for their support with the appeal.