Taking food from food banks

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Q: What is the ruling for taking food from food banks (that give food to anyone who comes? My family is not poor but can have a tight budget of halal income and my mom goes to food banks to get food because anyone can. Also, if someone takes food from a food bank without needing it, does the food become haram?

Also, the food banks get donations from halal meat places, and some of the packaging has company name and the halal symbol on it but some don’t (because the separate them into plastic bags). The people at the food bank say that the one’s that don’t have labels on it also came from halal stores. Is it permissible to eat these?


A: If it is meant for any person to receive the food then it is permissible, provided the food is halaal.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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