The U.S. Department of Agriculture honored Islamic Relief USA on August 18 for its work to eliminate hunger in America and around the world.

IRUSA CEO accepted the Distinguished Community Service Award at the USDA’s third annual iftar.

Islamic Relief USA is working with the USDA on a program providing food to children who rely on free or reduced-price school meals. Islamic Relief supported the provision of meals at 30 sites during the summer.

“We cannot fill our stomachs while the children down the street go hungry,” he said.

Two hundred people attended the iftar, including federal employees as well as community leaders from the religious, nonprofit and business sectors. The keynote speaker was Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food Safety; and Rashad Hussain, President Obama’s Special Envoy to the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, also spoke at the event. Along with Islamic Relief, one other organization and two individuals were recognized.

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