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.
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
We provide 360 meals from our Soup Kitchens every week!
1 meal costs £3!