Elham Asaad Buaras
A Blackburn-based Muslim school has become the first school in the country to launch a foodbank project – run entirely by its students.
As part of Food For All project – the food bank which is managed by boys at Tauheedul Boys School – provided more than 14,000 meals to some of the poorest people in Blackburn last year.
253 pupils took part in running the foodbank which included supporting several local schools with free breakfast clubs.
The foodbank helps people facing food poverty, regardless of their ethnicity or religion, and with more than 7,000 people thought to be reliant on food aid in Blackburn, there are no plans to stop the service when the school moves to new premises in June.
In a statement to The Muslim News, Director of Tauheedul Relief Trust, the charitable arm of Tauheedul which provides a variety of community-based project across the UK, Yusuf Patel, said: “We piloted this scheme in Blackburn and it’s been so successful that we are planning to roll it out into other schools in the UK. We have a passion for helping others and we want to instill that into the pupils, and what better way than to give them the responsibility of running a food bank?
“As part of the project, the children have learned about social responsibility and helping others but it has also opened up opportunities for them to learn about food waste, healthy eating and food hygiene, as well as giving them a greater understanding of poverty in the local area.
“It teaches them empathy as they have been meeting with the service users as well as organising collections and manning the food store.”