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100 Eid meals donated to homeless Muslim families

Nottingham City Homes and the Village Food Project have teamed up to give freshly prepared Eid meals and treats to Muslim households in temporary accommodation. 

As Muslims around the world celebrate Eid today, there are families who have found themselves in temporary accommodation during this holy time. So local small-business owner Sameena Ali, who runs the Village Food Project stepped it. She contacted Nottingham City Homes to offer families a special Eid meal this year. 

Sameena and the team at NCH has been delivering 99 meals to 26 families, including 55 children to help them celebrate Eid today. Today’s meals were kindly funded by the Nottingham Trent University Islamic society. 

The Village Food Project started in 2018 with a small group of Muslim sisters who have been voluntarily providing halal cooked meals to refugees and the homeless as part of their work in the community. 

This unique project for providing balanced nutritious halal meals came about directly as a result of the needs of the local community whose dietary cultural needs were not being met through the food banks.

One resident who received the food, Aadil said. “Thank you ever so much. This has made a big difference to our celebrations. It means a lot to us, we are very grateful.”

Speaking about helping local families, Sameena said: “During Ramadan we have been reflecting on others and thinking about those who may have less than us. As soon as I heard about all of the homeless families in Temporary Accommodation I wanted to do something to help.”

Steve Feast, Director of Housing at Nottingham City Homes, said: “It has been amazing to see how happy today’s delivery has made Muslim families in our temporary accommodation. We wanted to make it a celebration and I want to thank Sameena and the Village Food Project for their kind donations.”