On each FRIDAY from 2pm to 4pm AL-MARYAM [registered Charity no:1181384] runs its FOOD-GIVING program for the economically affected community due to Covid-19 at WINCHESTER HALLS, Winchester Ave STOKE ON TRENT ST2 0LL.
The program is two-fold; one part is FOOD BOX under which AL-MARYAM gives away raw food items in boxes. Each box contains essential eatables for about 3 days of emergency for a family of 2-4.
The 2nd part is OPEN KITCHEN under which we give away cooked food to individuals and families. The cooked food is provided mainly by the MUSLIM HANDS charity and we serve the needy people with due respect & smiles.
Disabled, over-aged and handicapped friends inform us about their needs and addresses via text at our mobile phone or FB page or email; we drop the stuff at their door-steps after session at Winchester Halls is over.
We aim to spread the programs three days a week after Muslim month Ramadhan is over; may be for all week days. Every time we expect more people because no charity, Church or NGO serves cooked food for the needy people in ST2 postcode at least.
On 8th May 2020, 18-20 ladies & gentlemen came to our venue to collect food [raw & cooked both] whereas 23 meals [Chicken Pilau + raita Yogurt + one muffin + Pepsi can] and 21 boxes of raw food items were delivered at the door steps of the needy people.
AL-MARYAM is specially thankful to our THREE Volunteers named LISA HULME, BO MOORES & ESHA NOOR and one Director Aliya Saghir Hashmi for extending us their immense help to make our program successful. These are noble souls full of innovative ideas, energy, tirelessness and smiles - always found keen to help others.
Behind the curtain there was one NAJEEB ULLAH, MD of Golden Arts Print & Design who worked during late night hours to make out designs, banners and print material needed for the program. Standing by Mr Najeeb was Mr Irfan Khan [IFFIk - the celebrity singer] who collected most funding to run the show for all seasons to come.
Salute to all of them - three cheers and sincere prayers.