Food blogger goes vegetarian in January for charity

It’s so cold at the moment, and I’m struggling to keep warm. Imagine how it is for the homeless. That’s what keeps me going! – Haloodie Foodie blogger

A self-professed “hardcore carnivore”, who teaches science by day and runs a food blog by night, is going meat-free during January to raise money for charity.

HaloodieFooedie Vegetarian Nawaal Fund Homeless January Charity

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Having adopted a vegetarian diet and teamed up with the Nawaal Benevolence Fund (NBF), Haloodie Foodie blogger is aiming to raise £1500 for a Hackney-based charity group.

Thus far, he has raised £250 for The Hackney Winter Night Shelter Project (HWNS), a group that has been providing hot meals and warm beds for the homeless, who would otherwise be out on the streets during the coldest winter months, for the past 20 years.

The London-based charity Nawaal uses zakat and sadaqah donated by locals to help vulnerable individuals and families in Hackney, Waltham Forest, Newham and other close by areas.

It believes that “locals also have a religious and communal responsibility to help vulnerable people who live literally outside our own doorsteps”.

Although early days, the food blogger admitted to FtL that he was “missing eating any sort of animal-based protein”.

He added: “I could murder a brisket or a medium rare dry-aged Aberdeen Angus steak with bone marrow jus and pomme puree.”

While he acknowledges that his “diet contains a huge amount of meat”, he is determined to succeed.

“I’m sure you’ll agree with me that my vegetarian month will be a huge challenge. Many of my family, friends, and fellow food bloggers feel that it will be unachievable for such a hardcore carnivore. Nevertheless, the thoughts of the homeless battling cold weather without food or shelter in the winter months has strengthened my resolve to succeed. Furthermore, your donations will more than compensate me during my meat eating hiatus.

“Please donate generously. Your contributions will help provide hot meals and warm beds.”

Donations are being accepted until 01 May via a BT MyDonate page.

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