Alexandria, Va. Islamic Relief USA, a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, will allocate $1.9 million in funding across the country, helping preserve essential social services programs administered by mosques and social service organizations to meet increasing demand stemming from the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

The commitment will mobilize a network of partners to provide food support, hygiene kits and financial assistance to individuals facing the consequences of the pandemic. The organization’s funds will be distributed to mosques or masjids, many of whom are longtime partners of IRUSA and who are facing extreme difficulties at the moment in administering services to the most vulnerable in their midst.

IRUSA will also award emergency grants that will be distributed among various other community partners focusing on food, hygiene and financial assistance. This is part of a larger global campaign and investment that IRUSA will conduct with partners abroad.

“This situation is unprecedented. It is Islamic Relief USA’s top priority to support the communities that will be most severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We must stay together during this testing time, and call on policymakers in the United States to advocate on behalf of the most marginalized communities.” Said Sharif Aly, IRUSA’s Chief Executive Officer.

To learn more about this initiative visit: http://irusa.org/coronavirus/ to hear the announcement.

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Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. Its programs benefit millions of people each year around the world, including in the United States.

Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.