Lockdown heroes still dishing up dinners

Effort to support vulnerable and elderly Bangladeshi community members continues

Thursday, 8th October 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby


Volunteer Mizanur Rahman 

A LUNCH club for the elderly and vulnerable has been supplying members of the Bangladeshi community with a hot meal every Wednesday since the lockdown began.

Dishing out food from the Chadswell Healthy Living Centre in King’s Cross, volunteers have been cooking packages for between 50 and 100 people, many of whom are still shielding from the virus.

Sofina Razzaque, from the King’s Cross Brunswick Neighbourhood Association’s Bangladeshi Community Team, said funding has now been secured that should allow them to continue running the service through a new wave of cases.

“We used to hold a lunch club here for people and when lockdown happened I wanted to make sure my vulnerable members continued having a hot meal each week,” said Ms Razzaque.

KCB team member Sofina Razzaque and service user Helen Khan

“We’ve extended it to include our Somali and Chinese members, too, and more for October.”

Starting at 9.30am the team produce bags that include a container of rice, dal, chicken curry and a banana.

Twenty-one packages were delivered to members of Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre and the Bengali Workers’ Association (BWA).

Marchmont Community Centre worker Diane Fisher said: “They’ve done amazing work here, and they were even cooking all this during the heatwave. It’s unbelievable, they cook for so many.”

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