Alexandria, Va. – As Ramadan nears conclusion, volunteers from Islamic Relief USA and the Episcopal High School are joining forces to pack what hopes to be a record-breaking 125,000 meals to help local populations.
The large meal-packing event at Episcopal High School, located at 1200 North Quaker Lane, will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 30.
More than 400 volunteers from both entities are expected to participate in the meal pack. The meals consist of pasta and tomato sauce.
“The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is a time of giving and generosity, a time when we come together to improve the human condition,” said Sharif Aly, chief executive officer of Islamic Relief USA. “This spirit extends to all faith traditions and we are so pleased and heartened to be partnering with our friends at the Episcopal High School to help improve food security for some of the most vulnerable populations. By working together across racial, religious and gender lines, we can solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”
“We are so excited to be working again with Islamic Relief USA. Their work around the world is inspirational and to become a part of that again is an important and fun opportunity for our students,” said the Rev. Richmond Jones, assistant chaplain at Episcopal High School. “The prospect of making 125,000 meals to help those in need has excited a lot of our students. We always strive to make service an integral part of life here at Episcopal High School, and partnering with an organization like IRUSA gives our students an incredible opportunity to see what meaningful service in action looks like.”
The event seeks to break Islamic Relief USA’s last single-day record, when it packed 100,000 meals. The meals are expected to help several local and regional food distribution centers.
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Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to provide relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. Its programs benefit millions of people each year in more than 40 countries 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.