With 8.4 million people in the UK living in food poverty and being forced to skip meals, Amir has been helping pack and distribute emergency food parcels for struggling families in Manchester.

For his latest effort to fight rising food poverty in Britain, he has partnered with Perry’s Pantry in south Manchester to get vital supplies to families most in need. At his Gloves gym in Bolton, both Amir Khan and fellow trustee, Faryal Makhdoom helped pack up hundreds of boxes of basic necessities – including oil, pasta and rice – as well as a few sweet treats.

The initiative will provide essential provisions that are designed to last for seven days, which can either be picked up from Perry’s Pantry or delivered for just 50p. Footage of Amir personally delivering the boxes to individual homes was also captured by BBC Three for inclusion in the next series of ‘Meet the Khans: Big in Bolton’.

Perry’s Pantry was established in December 2020 after the effects of the pandemic caused widespread job losses and redundancy. But while traditional food banks tend to offer around three days’ worth of supplies, the team felt that providing food for seven days would be far more beneficial – especially for families who are juggling long working hours with the demands of childcare.

Amir has been lending his support to the battle against food poverty in the UK for some time, and the foundation has also been partnering with Fareshare, the UK’s largest food distribution charity. Through its network of 22 regional centres and 11,000 frontline organisations, surplus food is turned into meals for those in need, with the partnership reaching around 1 million people every week. It’s estimated that of the 3.6 million tonnes of food thrown away in the UK each year, at least 2 million is edible and could create over 1.3 billion nourishing meals for those worst hit by poverty.

The Amir Khan Foundation is receiving donations directly through its website for its Food Poverty campaign: https://www.amirkhanfoundation.com/food-uk 

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