Christmas campaign for Blackburn Foodbank

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Members of the Muslim community and Muslim organisations got  behind the Blackburn foodbank in supporting residents facing poverty at Christmas.

They took part in a local campaign to collect for the foodbank that helps those struggling to feed their families in the borough. Overall, more than 20,000 items of food was handed over to the charity.

The foodbank provides parcels of ‘non-perishables’ – things like tinned vegetables, dried pasta and long-life milk – to those who need it the most.

A number of mosques and madressas across the borough backed the scheme along with community organisation One Voice, Muslim businesses and individuals.

Blackburn with Darwen council officers and Councillors also supported the initiative as part of the Your Call campaign, including Audley councillor Salim Sidat, Councillor Faryad Hussain, Executive Member for Environment and Blackburn with Darwen Mayor Councillor Zamir Khan.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Kate Hollern, said: “This was a very generous gesture and I am delighted that the Muslim community got behind this campaign.”

Mayor Zamir Khan said: “It was particularly heartening to see communities come together to help one another at Christmas.”
Blackburn Foodbank is backed by the Trussell Trust, which runs a network of food banks across the UK.

For further information about Blackburn Foodbank contact Ros Duerduen on (01254) 672756 or info@blackburn.foodbank.org.uk

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