As part of the Dawoodi Bohras’ global Project Rise initiative – which strives to raise the living standards of poorer members of society through food, water, sanitation and education programmes, as well as protecting and enhancing the natural environment – the Bohra community of Milton Keynes visited a local food bank recently to lend a hand.
Bohra volunteers spent a couple of hours helping to organise, pack and distribute food for local individuals and families in need of support. They also met with local councillors and other volunteers, as well as the food bank staff who work so hard to provide this essential service.
Volunteer Hussein Travadi said, “Milton Keynes Food Bank has been under additional pressure since the onset of the pandemic. Previously preparing around 400 bags of food per week, they are now distributing in the region of 1,300 bags of food for local families. Consequently, some food items regularly run short. The Dawoodi Bohras of Milton Keynes are therefore planning to arrange another visit to the Food Bank soon, while collecting donations from community members.”
Milton Keynes Food Bank provides emergency food parcels to vulnerable families and individuals in Milton Keynes. Emergencies can occur for a variety of reasons, including the loss of one’s job, a delay in receiving a salary or benefits, debts and other personal circumstances. Or some people may require practical help. The Food Bank is able to provide short term support, giving peace of mind for the person receiving help, as well as work together with clients to resolve underlying problems.
Bohras believe that nobody should go to bed hungry. Feeding the hungry and homeless is an important part of the Dawoodi Bohras’ Project Rise initiative, and Bohra communities all over the world regularly partner with local food banks to collect and distribute food for vulnerable members of society.