Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Himmah Foodbank 2013 to 2015

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

This post looks at the donations to the foodbank from 2013(When it started) to 2015. For information on 2016, go here

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....)

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Dec 2015 : At the time of writing Himmah are supplying about 20 foodpacks per week to the awesome "Tasty Tuesday" project run by the Dunkirk and Lenton partnership at Thomas Helwys Baptist Church, Lenton.

According to the partnership website, Tasty Tuesdays "...is a weekly free meal for everyone and has been running since summer 2014. It aims to bring people together across the different communities. For people in financial difficulties it offers a filling, nutritious, meal, food parcels, and signposting to support agencies and services. For people experiencing loneliness or social isolation it can provide company, the chance to make friends, and a weekly social event to look forward to, in a welcoming and relaxed environment."

BFTF paid a visit to TT recently when they were having their Christmas meal event, which was covered by BBC East Midlands no less. It was a great event and BFTF had some very interesting conversations with the diners, in which BFTF learnt about how sign language has different "dialects" across the UK and some of the troubles of the NDC project. Anyway, here are a few pictures...

Himmah Foodpacks at Tasty Tuesdays

Lilian Greenwood (Right in the ..er... "festive" jumper) was a volunteer

Great atmosphere, very interesting conversation


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Dec 2015 : Via Himmah, on a donation drive at ASDA Hyson Green on 19th Dec : Himmah would like to say a massive thank you to our wonderful volunteers who stood for hours talking to people and giving out shopping lists: Norzaiha Norhan Louise Regan Yousuf Farooq Andrew Calder Zahra-Iram Butt Kai Magico Ursula Donnelly Hydra Bramwell and Maxine Forbes (Zahra-Iram Butt also gave a very generous Donation!) also Ash Choudry and Shahril Azwin for using their cars to transport all the donations to storage. ALL of you are amazing people for giving up your busy Saturday afternoons for those in need. We thank you.

To all those who donated. Thank you. There was some very generous people out there, people from all backgrounds and cultures coming together. Thank also to Phil Pidluznyj from Empleo Community Interest Company who donated to Himmah Food Bank with the contributions from their Creative Writing course students.

And a thank you to Angie Murfitt , ASDA Hyson Greens Community Champion for all her support over the past few years.

We received 10 Trolley's full of food, equivalent to around £1000, Plus £100 in Cash Donations. LOVE YOU NOTTINGHAM

Volunteers at the ASDA event on 19th Dec


Just SOME of the bags of food donated at ASDA on 19th Dec


A lady donated this entire trolley of food. Very Humbling to see


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Dec 2015 : A kind donation from the East of Nottingham....

Donation from East Nottingham


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Dec 2015 : A kind donation from Mrs BFTF and friends...

Kind donation from Mrs BFTF and friends


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Dec 2015 : Via Himmah : "Himmah would like to thank and honour Fi Corbett from the Dunkirk and Lenton Partnership Forum. Here she is pictured at Tasty Tuesdays in Lenton with Food Parcels donated by The Himmah Food Bank, with food donated by YOU. we currently support between 20-25 people at Tasty Tuesdays via the Dunkirk and Lenton Partnership Forum. We are proud to partner with DLPF and the great work Fi and her team does.

Fi Corbett from the Dunkirk and Lenton Partnership Forum


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Dec 2015 : Via Himmah : "Himmah would to thank Iram Nazir and Ishy Qureshi from Evoca Drinks for a very generous donation to the Himmah Food Bank. We rely on the good folk of Nottingham to help us support those in Need. Iram Nazir has made several wonderful contributions these past couple of years. And thank you to Evoca drinks for their kind contribution of drinks. Thank you Nottingham. We love you. May we all continue to work together.

Donations from Evoca Drinks


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Dec 2015 : Via Himmah : "The Himmah food bank would again like to thank the Nottingham Pagan Network for a generous collection from it's members. Pictured here is Ashley Mortimer from the Network. We would like to thank him and all the members for their ongoing support for Himmah and it's work. On behalf of those in need in Nottingham, Thank you.

Donation from Nottingham Pagan Network


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Nov 2015 : Via Himmah : "Himmah would like to thank Asma Salim Mirza from the Salim Welfare Trust for her very generous and large donation to the Himmah Food Bank. Without her and other kind Nottingham Folk we could not help those in need. Thank you Nottingham on behalf of those in Need.

Asma Salim Mirza from the Salim Welfare Trust and their donation.


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Nov 2015 : Via Himmah : "The Himmah Food Bank would once again like to that the Nottingham Pagan Network for another very generous collection and donation to the food Bank. We are proud to partner with good people of Nottingham. Muslims and Pagans joining forces to help others. We are proud to call friends at The Nottingham Pagan Network as a partner in our work to support those in need in Nottingham. We can all work together. Thank you Nottingham, keep showing the way.

Donation from Nottingham Pagan Network


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Nov 2015 : Via Himmah : "The Himmah Food Bank would like to say a massive thank you to 2 amazing Nottingham people for a very generous donation and their friends. There was so much food, we are now more toned up. Greg Lonsdale, and his wonderful friends including the lovely Nina Smith from Notts.MyProblem, got together on Greg's Birthday and decided to donate to the Food Bank. that is an amazing and generous thing to do. on behalf of those in need in Nottingham we say thank you for your ongoing support to Himmah. We hope you and many others will continue to support our work.

Greg's Birthday Bash Donation


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Nov 2015 : Via Himmah : Himmah would like to thank Louise Regan for organising the continuing donations by Sherwood Labour Party to the Himmah Food Bank Himmah on behalf of those in need in Nottingham we would to thank all those part of the Sherwood Labour Party and of course Louise for your kind and ongoing Donations. Thank you people.

Donation from Nottingham East Labour Party


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Nov 2015 : Via Himmah : "Himmah is indebted to Louise Regan for another amazing donation to the Himmah Food Bank. A powerhouse of a woman who organises collections from Nottingham East Labour Party Members and Union Members. We really cannot express our gratitude to all those who donate to Himmah. It makes us proud that Nottingham has people like Louise in the city.Thank you Louise and all those who donate through her.Nottingham East Momentum supporters."

Donation from Nottingham East Labour Party


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Oct 2015 : From the Himmah FB page : The Himmah Nottingham Food Bank would like to thank Andrew Calder once again for a very generous donation to Himmah to help those in Need in Nottingham. Andrew continues to support Himmah and we are very grateful to him and others who have supported us over the years.

Donation from Andre Calder


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Oct 15 : From the Himmah FB page : The Himmah Food Bank would like to thank Ali Akhbar Hussain for a very generous donation to Himmah to help those in Need in Nottingham. We are very grateful to him and others who have supported us over the years. we could not help people without your kindness. On Behalf of those in need we want to thank you all, Thank You Nottingham. Love Ya.

Donation from Ali Akhbar Hussain


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Oct 2015 : From the Himmah FB page : "The Himmah Food Bank would like to thank one of Nottingham's finest Daughters, Nina Smith from Notts.MyProblem, for her kind donation to the Food Bank and for helping those in Need in Nottingham. Not only a great artist, but Nina is a great soul and we cannot thank her and others for the continuing support."

Nina Smith


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Oct 2015 : From the Himmah FB page :"The Himmah Food Bank Himmah Nottingham would like to thank Chris Gibbon , Louise Regan, Ivan Wels and the Sherwood Labour Party for their kind donations to the Food Bank and for helping those in Need in Nottingham. Ivan, Louise and Chris have been supporting Himmah for a while not, along with the Labour Group, and local NUT Branch."

Louise Regan


Donation from Louise Regan and Sherwood Labour Party


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Oct 2015 : From the Himmah FB page : "A big thank you to the Nottingham Pagan Network for their kind donations to Himmah . They have started a monthly collection for the Himmah Food Bank . Thank you to all those who donate to Himmah, without your kindness we could not make this happen and support those in need. on behalf of those in Need in Nottingham thank you guys. makes me proud to be from a City where Pagans and Muslims (and others) can come together for the common good thank you Sarah Louise Kay Gordon McGowan Charlie Dolby Julia Elizabeth Atkins Kayrakise Evans Lauren Lalita-sky Phoenix Alison Rouse and all the other members of the network."

Donation from Nottingham Pagans


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Oct 2015 : This is Minister Gill Isterling from the Thomas Helwys Baptist Church in Lenton with the Food Parcels donated by Himmah and all your wonderful donations. we give on average 20 individual parcels out on a Tuesday evening at Tasty Tuesdays, an initiative of the Lenton & Dunkirk partnership . Thank you to all those who donate to Himmah, without your kindness we could not make this happen and support those in need."

Gill Sterling from Helwys Baptist Church, with Himmah Foodpacks


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Sep 2015 : This from the Himmah FB : "Himmah would like to thank the incredible Louise Regan , the lovely Chris Gibbon , and Ivan Wells : ), for a very generous donation to the Himmah Foodbank last night. as always they are really kind and have donated to Himmah on several occasions."

Donation from Louise, Chris and Ivan


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Sep 2015 : This from he Himmah FB page : "Himmah would like to thank Llew Nacy for her very generous donation, lovely smile, and amazing basket. thanks for supporting those in need in Nottingham. on behalf of those in need, thank you so much."

Donation from Llew Nacy


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Sep 2015 : This from the Himmah FB page : "Himmah would like to thank Amreen Hussain for her very kind donation to the Himmah Foodbank. thank you so much."

Donation from Amreen Hussain


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Sep 2015 : This from the Himmah FB page : "The Himmah Foodbank would like to thank Becca Elizabeth for her kind donations of Milk and Cereal. thank you so much Becca."

Donation from Becca Elizabeth

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Sep 2015 : This from the Himmah FB page : "The Himmah FoodBank Himmah Nottingham, would like to thank Ehsaan Qureshi and the The University of Nottingham Islamic Society for it's kind donation."
Donation from Ehsann Qureshi and UoN ISOC

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Sep 2015 : Very kind donation from Matthew Bain, in memory of the late Ghulam Rasool. Matthew gave £100 for the purchase of rice. This is what £100 of rice (from Living Wage paying Lidl) looks like.
Donation from Matthew Bain in memory of Ghulam Rasool

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Aug 2015 : This from the Himmah FB page : "The Himmah Food Bank has been delivering Food Parcels for several months to Tasty Tuesdays in Lenton. run by @ Dunkirk and Lenton Partnershiip Forum. this has been a great partnership with our friends Dunkirk and Lenton Partnership Forum. Pictured is Tasty Tuesdays' Ni Claydon with the Food Parcels we deliver. "
Ni Claydon from Tasty Tuesdays

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Jun 2015 : This from the Himmah FB page : "Himmah Nottingham would like to thank Iram Nazir and her friends for a very kind donation to The Himmah Food Bank."
Donation from Iram Nazir

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Update : Jan 2015
Thanks to the local branch of the NUT for donating to the Foodbank! BFTF is conscious that teachers often see the fallout from family hardship.
NUT donation to the Himmah Foodbannk

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Update : Jan 2015
Just wanted to mention (and this is purely BFTF's view, not necessarily of Himmah) that Food banks are a hopelessly inefficient way of getting food to the needy, and it is an outrage that they are needed in such numbers as is currently the case. More on why this is the case here :
The Opportunity Costs of Bad Government
Foodbanks are a waste of time

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Update : April 2014
Worth mentioning that the Himmah Foodbank has provided over 3 car loads of food to other Foodbanks in Nottingham over the last several months.

So far in 2014, foodparcels have been made up as follows:
January : 17 parcels
February : 48 parcels
March : 42 parcels

And have been given out to :
Elderly people referred by the Metropolitan Housing Association
People referred by the British Red Cross
Women referred by WAIS
People referred by Notttingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum

Himmah Foodparcels ready for delivery
(strong carrier bags kindly supplied by a Himmah Volunteer)


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08 July 2013
Respect to BMCC and SaintNalayn.com for their recent valuable donations of 24kg and 36kg respectively!

Rather lovely recent donation from SaintNalayn.com


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04 July 2013

Cracking donation from KQZ


Together with a few other items, this will help feed a family for a week


With food now categorised, the Himmah Foodbanks is ready to take on more customers


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26 June 2013

Some of the recent donations

Cash donations from KQZ used to buy flour, oil and tinned fish...


...and here is the receipt


25% of recent donations went to the NG7 Foodbank.....


...and here is the recipt

The Himmah Foodbank

Himmahs Foodbank is at Unit 2 on Hubert Street, Hyson Green


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Initial Donations
The main donations (including "Bring A Tin" events) are shown below. (NB: For any cans containing product in water (e.g tinned chick peas) the net (drained) weight is used. All weights are rounded and approximate.

Aug 2012 : Masjid Noor (75ppl) : 34kg

Aug 2012 : WCCW (Wollaton)(150ppl) : 47kg
Aug 2012 : BMCC (600ppl) : 69kg
Oct 2012 : Karimia Masjid (120ppl): 7kg
Feb 2013 : Masjid Noor (75ppl) : 72kg
May 2013 : WCCW : 17kg
Jun 2013 : BMCC : 24kg
Jun 2013 : KQZ : 62kg (!!!!)
Jul 2013 : KQZ : 102kg (!!!!)
Jul 2013 : Saintnalayn.com : 36kg Jul 2013 : BMCC : 24kg Disappointingly, two masjids said they didn't want to hold a "Bring a Tin" event. You can read more about this here.

Donations from the Aug 2012 event Masjid Noor


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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