Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23

Resilience Amidst Adversity

The past year has tested our resilience like never before as Nottingham's largest independent food bank. Despite immense challenges posed by soaring inflation, escalating food prices, and dwindling surplus stocks, we remained steadfast in our commitment to alleviating food poverty in our beloved community.

On average, we distributed a staggering 1,187 food parcels and nearly 10 tonnes of food every month, ensuring no one went hungry. Our services expanded with the successful operation of social supermarkets in Radford and Sneinton, providing heavily subsidized food options and catering to diverse dietary needs.

A highlight was the launch of our 'Guerrilla Gardening' initiative, transforming a neglected plot into a vibrant community garden, enhancing nutrition and wellbeing. We consistently supported local school breakfast clubs, providing 72 loaves each Monday to nourish 125 children.

Our inaugural 'Social Justice Awards Dinner' brought together 300 community members, raising vital funds while honoring outstanding volunteers and partners. The Solidarity Fast during Ramadan raised awareness about food poverty through a powerful collective experience.

As the cost-of-living crisis intensified, our mission became a lifeline for the most vulnerable, including refugees, individuals with disabilities, and families escaping domestic abuse. We distributed 1,100 Christmas hampers, a 76.8% increase from the previous year, ensuring no child went hungry during the holidays.

Through partnerships like SaSH, we continued providing hot meals, fostering humanity and bridging religious divides. Our School Uniform Project empowered families, while our work with Nottingham Citizens and the Living Wage Foundation championed social justice causes.

We extend our deepest gratitude to our partners, volunteers, and donors whose unwavering support fuels our endeavors. As we look ahead, Himmah remains committed to alleviating food poverty and fostering dignity and justice for all in Nottingham.