Birmingham Central Mosque to Provide Free Meals over Christmas Period

Birmingham Central Mosque will be opening their doors to the needy and homeless for the first time on Christmas Day.

Kind-hearted volunteers will be serving up food and providing the city’s destitute with other essentials over the festive period.

The kitchen, which will be set up in a large marquee on the grounds of the landmark Highgate Mosque , will run from Christmas Eve through to New Year’s Day.

Organisers are expecting to serve around 150 people on Christmas Day but can cater for more.

Birmingham has one of the worst rates for homelessness in the country with an estimated 2,500 people either homeless or living in temporary accommodation.

One of the organisers, Kasim Choudry, 26, a trainee solicitor from Balsall Heath, said: “On Christmas Day itself a lot of the usual centres are closed and a lot of services are under-staffed, so we wanted to fill the gap.

“The Mosque is really excited and they are really happy about the positive image and opening their doors to the wider community.”

The Mosque already has a food bank and intends to set up a permanent soup kitchen in the future to serve the homeless, regardless of religion and race.

Mr Choudry added: “It’s for them to get an idea of how it works.

“It’s the first time they are welcoming people into the grounds of the Mosque. It’s about doing stuff for the wider community.”

A host of local businesses have pulled their resources together for the soup kitchen.

Mango Delivery, a city-centre based home delivery grocer, is part-funding the project and donating stock.

Staff from Alum Rock based Roti & Curry Junction Catering will be cooking the food. Catering Solutions UK Ltd, from Sparkbrook, is donating cutlery and containers, while the lighting and power will be provided by the Outdoor Staging Company.

The Balsall Heath Forum and the The Abrahamic Foundation has helped with funding as well as staffing the project with volunteers.

Source: Birmingham Mail

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