Preston North End provides free food over Ramadan to community
Preston North End is celebrating the month of Ramadan by providing free fresh fruit, water and dates for those who are fasting, with a gazebo stationed at Deepdale each evening.
The gazebo is outside the community offices on Alan Kelly Walk at Deepdale and there is an additional stall at the junction between Holmrook Road and Castleton Road.
Members of the community can access goods from 6pm to 7.30pm every evening until Friday, May 7, allowing them to open their nightly fast with culturally appropriate foods.
Preston North End Community and Education Trust will be working in partnership with Preston United, Preston City Council, Deepdale councillors Zafar Coupland, Siraz Natha and Ismail Bax, Lancashire County Councillor Frank de Molfetta, KGN Food Store, and the Community Gateway Association to deliver the project.
Members of staff from each organisation will be on site at the stalls each evening too, and will be able to signpost those who access the stall to relevant organisations and support services if required.
Head of community engagement Rebecca Robertson said: “We have been working closely with Preston United, our local councillors and the Community Gateway Association on several projects in recent months, and we are pleased to be continuing that partnership to mark the month of Ramadan. We were delighted to have been met with such a fantastic response on our first evening of distributing the Iftar packs, which are used to open the fast for those who are observing Ramadan.
“It was really humbling to engage with and meet some of the local residents in the Deepdale area who accessed both our stall outside the stadium and our other stall at Holmrook Road.
“We would encourage anyone in the local area to come down and access what we have on offer if they can.”
Omar Khan of Preston United said: “This Ramadan will be a continuation of the projects that we’ve been running with Preston North End in partnership with the Community and Education Trust.
“This year, we are celebrating the beginning of Ramadan by providing Iftar packs, which is food to open the fast.
“We have three stations in Deepdale where people can come, take some food, and talk to the PNE staff. It’s an expansion of what the Trust is trying to do, to get out in the community and understand its community.