Twenty mosques across London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford and Leicester have received a large donation of food this Ramadan thanks to Tesco.
Ramadan is a holy festival held in the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which strict fasting is observed from dawn to sunset. It starts today (Monday June 6) and will continue until on or around Thursday July 7.
The supermarket chain has provided over £20,000 worth of food ranging from chapatti flour, sunflower oil and rice which the mosques will donate to help feed those in need this Ramadan.
Each mosque works with local Muslim charities in the area to provide support for some of the community’s most vulnerable people. This includes supplying hot meals and food parcels to those in need.
The food was donated to the mosques last weekend via a Tesco dotcom van, which was specially designed by Sangeeta Digpal, aged seven, as part of a Ramadan competition held by Tesco for local primary schools across London.
Sangeeta, from The Clara Grant Primary School in Tower Hamlets, won the competition and received a £300 donation for her school, as well as a £100 Tesco voucher for herself.
Tesco is expecting Ramadan sales this year to be up to £30 million, with a 70% average increase in key items such as chapatti flour, rice, oil and dates. This includes selling approximately 4,000 bags of 10kg rice per day and 40,000 litres of tinned chopped tomatoes.
Tesco world foods manager Matt Clark said: “Ramadan is an important time in the calendar for many of our customers and colleagues. As food plays a hugely significant role, we’re proud to offer a delicious range of products and meals at great prices in over 300 of our stores. This year, we’re also supporting local communities by donating food products to over 20 mosques across the UK to help feed those in need.”