A shop in Huddersfield is giving away free food to people impacted by the cost-of-living crisis.
Tahira Safdar, who owns Lockwood Premier Store, has promised to help anybody in need in the local community by providing them with tins of beans and loaves of bread free of charge.
Running a small shop in Huddersfield’s inner city, Mrs Safdar and her son, Imran, have seen the struggle many people are facing to put food on the table which is why they have begun offering the items to anyone who needs them.
The mother and son duo will ensure that people’s privacy is respected and protected and if needed, one of the team members will even drop items off at people’s homes.
The store announced the offer on their Facebook so that residents know there is help available.
The social media post read: “With an awful cost-of-living crisis hitting many of us once again, we shall endeavour to help those who are struggling financially. In these incredibly challenging economic times, many parents and elders are running short of the basics even by the middle of the month.
“So, if anyone who is classed as vulnerable or needs a bit of help then please pop into the store to pick up a free loaf of bread and a tin of beans, no purchase required. Or If a person is really struggling or has hungry children, we will try and add in some extra items depending on availability.”
The family-owned store strives to help people so they can carry on the legacy of the patriarch of the family, Mohammed Safdar, who passed away in 2020 to Covid-19, who was a big proponent of many charities and causes.
“It is important for us to do this as giving to people is part of our beliefs and faith.”
Tahira’s son, Imran Safdar, said: “it is important for us to do this as giving to people is part of our beliefs and faith. Also, my late father was a big supporter of many charities and causes, so we are carrying on his legacy. I occasionally do some fundraising on British Muslim TV, and we have lots of friends and family who volunteer with various organisations, as well.”
The business also supports two local faith organisations, Markazi Jamia Masjid Ghausia on Victoria Street which regularly provides food to people who are homeless in Huddersfield town centre and Lockwood Baptist Church which runs a community café.
The businessman said: “We have recently started to support Markazi Jamia Masjid Ghausia (Victoria Street Mosque) who regularly feed people in Huddersfield town centre. For a while now, we have supported Lockwood Baptist Church’s community café with groceries as well. It is not tens of thousands of pounds a year, but it is a start.”
According to the latest ONS report on the rising cost of living almost a quarter (23%) of adults reported that it was “very difficult” or “difficult” to pay their regular household bills in March compared to a year ago.
People are facing the pinch after the price of gas and electricity soared last month, with most people’s utility bills skyrocketing by 54%, on average.
Rising Inflation, national insurance, and an increase in the price of food at the supermarkets because of the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and Brexit have meant that many people are turning to food banks and skipping meals to deal with the cost-of-living crisis.
Mr Safdar added: “We understand that various problems are impacting the country right now, but we implore the government to take further action because far too many people are relying on food banks, even those who are in full time employment.
“Our friends who volunteer at food banks are saying they are inundated with growing requests for help and funds for gas and electric, so this is our small way of helping.”
Lockwood Premier Store is found at 225 Lockwood Road, HD1 3TG.