Amr Fouda, Raqeeba Hanif and Zohra Rashidzada hope they can find an 11th-hour repreive for their food service. Picture: Derrick den Hollander Source: News Corp Australia
THE Dandenong-based Halal Food Bank will be forced to suspend its charity work at the end of the month after failing to find a new storage and packing venue to continue providing food parcels for the needy.
Earlier this month, the Leader published an article about the group’s plight, and in response they received a couple of calls to offer floor space.
However, Ansaar Melbourne co-ordinator Raqeeba Hanif said no suitable replacement venue had been secured.
“We haven’t found a home yet, unfortunately, so we are going on hiatus but we are still looking,” Ms Hanif said.
“We will have to vacate and any food that is close to expiry, we will give away to the Salvos and organisation like that so that they can use it straight away.”
An initiative of The Ansaar Project, the Halal Food Bank aims to provide halal, non-perishable foods to those struggling — Muslim or not — thanks to the donations made by the Muslim community from local shopping centres and grocery stores.
Their current host is moving to a smaller warehouse, and the group was given until the end of the month to find a new home.
The HFB would need ongoing storage to accommodate six to eight pallets of non-perishable foods with floor space for nine to 15 people on packing days.
Access would be twice a month on Sundays.
To help, call Raqeeba on 0423 723 584 (Australia).