Central London Lebanese tapas restaurant Lazeez has teamed up with the Trussell Trust, a group that runs UK food banks, to help address the issue of food poverty.
From today (12 December), Lazeez Lebanese Tapas will donate 5% of all daily takings to the Trussell Trust Food Bank initiative, in a bid to support those who often rely on food banks for their food needs.
Owner of Lazeez, Emilio Malik, said: "Many people must feel deeply embarrassed and ashamed to have to ask for help to feed the family, and going to a food bank is a last resort. It is important for people like myself to try to help eliminate food poverty in the UK."
The Trussell Trust was founded on religious principles, although professes to help people of all faiths and none, and helps enable communities to set up sustainable projects aiming to alleviate poverty and social exclusion.
Lazeez, a 90-cover Lebanese tapas and shisha restaurant, opened near London's Oxford Circus in May this year. It took over the former site of Caffe V, which was owned by the same family, after a £300,000 renovation. It serves dishes including shawarma wraps with falafel, halloumi and chicken, plus Lebanese-style burgers, and sharing plates.