A Beautifully Simple Idea To Feed The Poor


Sometimes, making a difference can be shockingly simple.

A man living in the city of Hail, Saudi Arabia, came up with a brilliant idea to feed needy people in his neighborhood while sparing them the “shame” of begging, according to Gulf News.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, installed a refrigerator on the street in front of his house and invited neighbors to donate their extra food, so that hungry people could come and eat.

The idea gained international attention after religious scholar Shaikh Mohammad Al Araifi praised the act of charity on his Twitter account with a picture of the fridge. “I’ve always said the people of Hail are generous. A man puts a fridge outside his house for leftover food; an indirect act of charity for the needy,” he said, in a translation provided by the BBC. “Oh how I love you, Hail!”

Twitter applauded the simple gesture. “That is exactly what we needed: A simple, but bright idea that goes a long way in helping people,” posted user Sniper, according to Gulf News. “The idea should now be adopted and all large mosques in the country should place fridges to take and distribute food.”

The Muslim holy month of fasting, Ramadan, will begin at the end of June. Bahraini national Salah told Gulf News that the charity fridge concept should be adopted in Bahrain during Ramadan. “It is a great act of charity that can make many people happy and satisfied,” he said. “There is the food factor, but there is also the spiritual dimension, especially during the sacred month when people engage deeply in acts of charity.”


6 thoughts on “A Beautifully Simple Idea To Feed The Poor

  1. See…it doesn’t take international charitable cartels do distribute food. And you’d guess there wasn’t much in the way of ‘overheads’ or ‘administrative costs’ or ‘transport fees’, etc. either.
    A prime example of ‘Think global, act local’.
    Is there any reason why the same approach couldn’t work with other stuff:- used clothes, cooking utensils, odds&sods of building material, and so on…..the odd sheet of corrugated iron can go a long way towards fixing a leak in the roof.
    ?….Or even a loan-bank for things like tools/equipment/whatever that could be returned after use. Theft wouldn’t be a problem: why would anyone steal anything that was always available for use?

    None of this is rocket-science; only requires a bit of goodwill all round.
    ….and non-interference from those with a compulsion to ‘organise’ everything.


    • Actually we have this and more. Here in Marsden we have what is called kerb side collection where periodically people can put all sorts of rubbish that might be used by others. It still doesn’t work.


      • The problem with leaving building material around for people to use is that
        people in Australian cities are either unwilling or unable to utilise a discarded piece of material (such as a sheet of roofing iron). Leaving such things around leads to breeding grounds of vermin.

        A loan bank for tools is impracticable. Who exactly maintains these tools in good working order? How do you stop people misusing tools and/or returning items damaged? Who will pay the people that administer the loan bank? And how do ensure that people bring the tools back? DVD and book lending libraries always complain that some items go missing because people either forget to bring them back, lose them or… simply steal them! Can you imagine what the local unemployed tradesman who needs tools to get back on his feet will do? That’s right steal them!

        And you speak of non interference from those with a compulsion to organise everything?


  2. Here in Australia we have Centrelink which beats anything that the Muslims have come up with. One has to ask himself, why muslims come to Australia and not go to Saudi Arabia if this idea is so good. Or can it be that in spite of all the talk about Islam being superior to Christianity, that is not the case at all?


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