One thousand face masks and food items were delivered to food banks serving some of London’s hardest hit boroughs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The donations were made to Brent and North Paddington Food Banks on behalf of the UK’s faith communities under the banner of Faiths United, a coalition of faith leaders who have come together in response to Covid-19.

The delegation from Faiths United consisted of figures from the Muslim and Jewish communities.

Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi joined at the Brent Food Bank, whilst local MP Karen Buck joined at the North Paddington one.

Farhad Mawani, from the Ismailli Community who sits on Faiths United’s main group, said:

“We were delighted to initiate this project, especially during the month of Ramadan. It’s important that communities of faith stand together to support the extraordinary efforts of food banks in providing for those in need, of all faiths and none. We are keenly aware of the importance of PPE to their operation and we hope that this donation will help in ensuring the safety for all those visiting the food banks.”

Zaki Cooper, from Faiths United, said:

“Providing for those in need is one of the principles of all the great religions. We are delighted to carry out this social action project, as a small but important gesture of all our responsibility to wider society. During the crisis, faith communities up and down the country have stepped up to the challenge.”

On weekly video calls, faith leaders have been addressed by representatives of the health and social care sectors amongst others, who have stressed the challenges they have faced in securing PPE for those on the front line as well as the importance of not inadvertently diverting essential equipment away from these vital services.

A total of 2,000 masks will be donated by Faiths United in the coming weeks to aid in the protection of staff, volunteers and service users, as per the official recommendation that these are worn in enclosed public spaces where close contact cannot be avoided.