A pair of students have come together over Eid to donate meals to homeless shelters.

Sami Ahmed and Lavinia Sgarabotto, Masters students at the University of Brighton, clubbed together with restaurants in Brighton to deliver over 70 homeless meals to those in need.

Now, Sami added that he wants to continue doing more work to support the homeless following the success of the project over the religious period.

Sami, 23, said: “Homelessness is everywhere in Brighton. This is my fifth Eid without seeing my family and one thing I remember about it is was giving food to our neighbours.

“It was very, very rewarding. There are a lot of people who could use this type of thing in Brighton.

“If we could arrange that in two weeks then maybe we can do more. I think it’s something we want to carry on forward.

The Argus: Meals delivered to Brighton and Hove FoyerMeals delivered to Brighton and Hove Foyer (Image: Sami Ahmed)

Sami and Lavinia, 24, who both recently finished their Masters degree in Globalization, organised the food deliveries over the space of two weeks.

The meals were delivered across the two weeks including on Saturday, March 22, for Eid-al-Fitr.


Eid-al-Fitr is a religious holiday in Islam and marks the end of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to sunset.

The holy month is also sometimes associated with charitable giving, known as Zakat, which is one of the pillars of Islam.

The pair worked with a number of restaurants in the city in order to collect all the food, including Curry Leaf Café, Cardamom and Bismillah Spice of Life.

In order to deliver the meals to the homeless, the pair worked with Glennwood Lodge shelter, Brighton and Hove Foyer and William Coulier House.

Sami and Lavinia raised awareness for the Brighton Eid Project through social media including collaborating with Citizen Khan actor and broadcaster Adil Ray.

Other projects which are being discussed include working with Bismillah Spice of Life to do another food drive.