Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is a Muslim grant-funder which supports disadvantaged people and deprived communities across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background.


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LONDON - The Al-Mizan Charitable Trust has launched its Ramadan Appeal today, which aims to raise £20,000 from amongst Britain's Muslim communities in the coming weeks, in order to distribute up to 500 food parcels to disadvantaged families in the UK.

"Food poverty is Britain's darkest secret. Although the UK is a welfare state, more than 4 million people in the UK cannot afford a balanced, healthy diet", said Mohammed Sadiq Mamdani, Founder of Al-Mizan Charitable Trust.

Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is the UK's first Muslim grant-funder that supports individuals living in poverty, regardless of their faith or cultural background. Every month, the Trust receives more than 40 applications for financial support, of which only half of eligible applications can be supported with a grant or interest-free loan of up to £500. Although the Trust prioritises applications which provide long-term benefit, rising poverty and unemployment has forced the charity to consider funding more and more applications for basic household and subsistence costs.

"Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting, penitence and charity. In the spirit of the holy month, we are appealing for donors to sponsor a food parcel containing staples such as rice, lentils and pasta, tinned fruit and vegetables and savoury and sweet snacks. Each food parcel costs £40, and will provide enough food for a typical family for a week", said Mamdani.

The food parcels will be distributed in partnership with grassroots charities to those most in need on Monday 6 August 2012. Beneficiaries will include single parents, victims of domestic violence, refugees and asylum seekers, young carers, families on low incomes and the elderly.

To sponsor a food parcel, click here.

Notes to the Editor:

Al-Mizan Charitable Trust (Registered Charity No. 1135752) supports disadvantaged individuals and families living in poverty with grants and interest-free loans of up to £500.


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