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Food Poverty
in the UK

The Prophet (saw) said, ‘He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while his neighbour goes hungry’. [Bukhari]

Food poverty within the UK is a growing problem with 1 in 5 people now struggling to put food on the table. Both London and Nottingham are home to some of the most deprived areas in the country, with thousands experiencing food poverty on a daily basis, ranging from homeless people to low-income families.

Due to the severity of this issue, Muslim Hands established a community kitchen for those affected by food poverty in West London. After the overwhelming response we received, we were able to open a second kitchen in Nottingham. Serving around 500 meals daily, The Open Kitchens also provide a warm, community-centred space where people are welcomed with respect and compassion.

Soup Kitchens Services

Thornton Heath

MONDAY 6:30pm
Thornton Heath Mosque, Gillet Road, CR7 8SN


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Streatham

Monday 7pm
47-49 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 1PW

(outside) Odeon Cinema


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Croydon

Wednesday 7:30pm
Croydon Mosque, 525 London Road, CR7 6AR


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Clapham

Saturday 6:30pm
79-81 Clapham Common Southside, SW4 9DQ

(outside) Dudley Hotel


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Thornton Heath

MONDAY 6:30pm
Thornton Heath Mosque,
Gillet Road,
CR7 8SN

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Streatham

Monday 7pm
47-49 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 1PW

(outside) Odeon Cinema



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Croydon

Wednesday 7:30pm
Croydon Mosque, 525 London Road, CR7 6AR


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Clapham

Saturday 6:30pm
79-81 Clapham Common Southside, SW4 9DQ

(outside) Dudley Hotel


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A Soup Kitchen is a place where a hot meal is offered to those in need of a hot meal for free or sometimes at a below-market  Frequently located in lower-income neighborhoods, soup kitchens are generally often run by volunteers. There is a rough estimate of 25 known soup kitchens across London, with SWAN running three of them.

SWAN started our first soup Kitchen at Croydon Mosque during the Ramadan period in 2020. Since lockdown and with the increasing rise of financial strain on families, in less than 12 Months, SWAN has opened a further two more soup kitchens across south London; Monday at Thornton Heath mosque, Wednesday at Croydon Mosque and Saturday at Euro Hotels Clapham South where we work in conjunction with Tooting Community Kitchen to provide hot meals for free to those who need it.  

We have weekly rotas where volunteers offer their time and food donations from bottles of water to baked cakes.  Our hot meals are purchased from which allows us to provide a nutritious meal at a budget cost thus enabling us to feed hundreds of people each month across South London

If you are interested in volunteering at any of
our Soup Kitchens please
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We provide 360 meals from our Soup Kitchens every week!
1 meal costs £3!

Why do our neighbours in the UK need help?

Key Facts

Around 1.4 million people nationwide are living in food poverty

Homelessness affects around 100,000 people in the UK

37% of children in London are living in relative poverty

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