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Dundee Muslim community collects and donates items to local foodbanks

Iftekhar Yaqub collects food from Muslim community to donate to local foodbanks.
Iftekhar Yaqub collects food from Muslim community to donate to local foodbanks.

After seeing the struggles during the pandemic and now the rising living costs, the Muslim community came together to collect food and donate it to the local foodbanks.

During the pandemic Iftekhar Yaqub from the Dundee Islamic Society saw the wider Dundee community struggling to source and buy food.

This inspired the 37-year-old to carry out a food collection in Ramadan 2019 at Dundee Central Mosque, and donate it to local foodbanks.

Iftekhar Yaqub with Lindsay McCowan and Dave Hall from Dundee and Angus Foodbank, outside Dundee Central Mosque.
Iftekhar Yaqub with Lindsay McCowan and Dave Hall from Dundee and Angus Foodbank, outside Dundee Central Mosque.

He said: “When things were getting hard to get and it was a time of need for the whole country, we saw everyone doing their bit.

“As Muslims, we got together and we decided to do our bit for our city with this foodbank collection.”

After seeing the success and positive feedback, Iftekhar decided to keep the project going even after the worst of the pandemic was over.

Dundee and Angus foodbank collecting the donations.
Dundee and Angus foodbank workers collecting the donations.

With living costs increasing, he saw the collection was required this year more than ever.

The Muslim community has come together for the third year to collect and donate to the foodbanks.

Iftekhar said: “This year is needed now more than ever with rising energy bills, food prices going up.

The need of foodbanks is going to be even greater in the near future.

Iftekhar Yaqub and Lindsay McCowan with tinned items being donated.
Iftekhar Yaqub and Lindsay McCowan with tinned items being donated.

“One behalf of Dundee Central Mosque and the Muslim community we wanted to do our part to help wherever we can.”

Bringing together Muslims from across Dundee, the collection over the last week gathered a range of items including biscuits, tea, sugar, coffee, pasta, tins of mixed veg, beans, cereals and soups.

‘We are all in this together’

Completing the collection today, Iftekhar organised a van to have the food delivered to local foodbanks Dundee and Angus Foodbank and Taught By Muhammed.

He hopes that projects like this will show the Dundee Muslim community in a positive light, and allow people to see how much they care.

Items being loaded into the foodbank van.
Items being loaded into the foodbank van.

He said: ” We hope to show that we stand shoulder to shoulder, and we are all part of one community.

“We are all in this together, and we want to create unity and love in our city.”

Yearly project

Due to the local foodbanks already doing an excellent job throughout the year, Iftekhar has advised that at the moment the collection will remain a yearly project during Ramadan.

This is the third year of working with local foodbanks.
This is the third year of the Muslim community working with local foodbanks.

He said: “We do this as an extra activity for ourselves.

“If in the future Dundee Central Mosque ever had their own foodbank, then we would consider doing it all year round.

“But until they have that it is best that we liaise with partners and do this project.”


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