Food aid for Leeds’s most vulnerable

LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR: Penny Appeal's Adeem Younis.
LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR: Penny Appeal's Adeem Younis.
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Hot meals are being handed out in Leeds to make sure the city’s homeless and vulnerable don’t go hungry.

Humanitarian charity Penny Appeal, based in Wakefield, is holding weekly Meet and Eat sessions where staff and volunteers serve up hot nutritious food and give people who are struggling a place to relax and socialise.

The sessions are part of the charity’s UK aid programme called Love Thy Neighbour.

Adeem Younis, Penny Appeal’s chair of trustees, said: “We work in over 30 crisis-hit countries worldwide, but we’re particularly proud to be serving the UK as we know there are people in our communities who are in desperate need too.

“That’s why we are working to support those who are homeless and those families who have found it increasingly difficult to eat properly due to the rising costs of living.

“The project in Leeds is building on our previous work in the UK, and we’ll be looking to do even more to help people in times of crisis over the year ahead.”

The Meet and Eat sessions run from 6pm every Monday Woodsley Community Centre, Woodsley Road, Burley.

Penny Appeal was launched in 2009 and was recently shortlisted for the Charity of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards, with the winners due to be announced later this month.

The charity works in over 30 crisis-hit countries worldwide, working to alleviate poverty by offering water solutions, supporting orphan and elderly care, restoring sight to those with avoidable blindness, providing food, delivering emergency aid, and opening schools, orphanages and mosques.

People can get involved with Love Thy Neighbour by making a donation or volunteering.