Blackburn with Darwen Youth Awareness Project

The Youth Awareness Project uses food in workshops and community activities for young people. During Ramadan it provided food for communities to cook meals to break fast.

“While Ramadan is about fasting and prayer, it’s about giving as well. So with the help of FareShare we provided ingredients for families to enjoy meals through the holy month.

“During Ramadan, there is usually an increase in people accessing our food. People tend to do more cooking for the night feast. We had people requesting various ingredients from the project, to prepare food for their family or neighbours, as some ingredients weren’t available from the local stores or were expensive.

“The food we receive from FareShare is very important for our work overall. Without that support, our project would not exist. We set up in 2014 to inspire young people through community activities, workshops and learning about the impact food has on families. We joined FareShare in 2019 and now provide food to 1,280 families.

“Over the past six months, we must have seen an increase of maybe 20% of new customers coming here. These are individuals who may have been working one day and the next day, they’ve lost their business or job, and are coming for that support.”

Mohammed Kathrada – Youth Development Advisor

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