How this London food festival is working to tackle rising levels of food poverty

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Felicity Thistlethwaite
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Street Eats Sufra food bank

Halal Gems is doing more than hosting Street Eats, the flagship halal food festival – it’s also tackling rising levels of food poverty with Sufra Food Bank. 

Everyone loves a good street food festival when the sun’s shining, and for three days this bank holiday weekend Street Eats by Halal Gems will be taking over the iconic Old Spitalfields Market.

But it’s going to be more than an event selling delicious bites to eat; this year the festival’s charity partner is Sufra Food Bank and together they’re determined to tackle food poverty.

The charity is preparing to set up a ‘supermarket’ stall to spark interest in a unique and creative way in the hope volunteers will be able to explain to interested customers what the Sufra food bank is, why it’s needed and who it’s helping.

Food poverty is a rising issue across the UK with more than 14 million people in the UK live below the poverty line; food banks gave out more supplies than ever in 2017

Street Eats
Street Eats festival is a Halal Gems flagship food festival

Visitors to the Street Eats festival will be encouraged to help out by making donations, becoming regular donors or spreading the word about the Sufra food bank.

Rajesh Makwana, Sufra’s director, says: “Sufra NW London is a community Hub that provides a life-line to families in crisis – including families living in extreme poverty and people who are vulnerable, homeless or socially isolated.

“We provide them with the food and support they urgently need to survive, empower them to learn new skills and improve their wellbeing, and help them to find work and become financially stable.

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“Visit us at the Street Eats festival (Spitalfields Market 19-21 April) where we’ll be raising awareness about poverty at Sufra’s ‘Virtual Supermarket’ stall – and find out how you can be part of the solution.”

Sufra will be at Street Eats – a halal food festival – over Easter Weekend with the virtual shopping market. The festival runs from 12 pm on 19 April to 21 April and you entry is free. Find more information on Street Eats here.


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Felicity Thistlethwaite

Felicity Thistlethwaite is the executive editor digital at Stylist.

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