West Ham United Foundation and Islamic Relief UK team up to help some of the most vulnerable families in London


On Thursday 31 January, Islamic Relief UK will partner with West Ham United Foundation to distribute 500 essential food packs to vulnerable people including the homeless, asylum seekers, refugees and women who have suffered domestic abuse.

As the UK endures its worst cost of living crisis in three decades, many people have also been hit hard. Low-income families, victims of domestic abuse, asylum seekers and refugees who were already struggling to feed themselves are now being forced to prioritise eating or heating as they struggle to pay their bills.

To help some of the most vulnerable, boxes will be packed with essentials and delivered to 13 individual schools in East London and Essex, three homeless shelters, two refugee organisations and one food bank.

The food packs will contain store cupboard essentials such as cereal, pasta, rice, lentils, beans, pulses, tinned food as well as toiletries.

Kerry Downes, Managing Director at West Ham United Foundation, said: “These packs will provide those most in need with essential items. We work across some of the most struggling communities and we’re pleased to partner with Islamic Relief UK on this, as we continue to respond to local needs and be a source of support for the individuals, families and communities we serve.”

Tufail Hussain, Director of Islamic Relief UK said: “We are proud to be working with West Ham United Foundation to reach out to some of the most vulnerable in London.

“This cost of living is devastating families’ lives and many have been struggling financially.

“We thank West Ham United Foundation for their amazing efforts to help those in need, their kindness will help many families.”

With poverty levels in the UK increasing, Islamic Relief UK recently distributed food parcels during the winter across the country with 18 different partners.