Alexandria, VA – Islamic Relief USA, in partnership with Rise Against Hunger, will hold a meal packaging event in Nashville to benefit vulnerable school-age children in certain countries around the world.

Nashville’s meal packaging event will take place on Saturday, November 10, at 156 Space Park Drive.

“Children are dropping out of grade school just to help their families find their next meal. Projects like these allow children to go to school and be around their peers without worrying where their next meal will come from,” said Said Durrah, IRUSA’s national volunteer manager. “Countless studies have shown the link between healthful food and better concentration. Being able to work with terrific organizations like Rise Against Hunger makes this experience even more worthy.”

IRUSA volunteers are expected to pack some 10,000 meals at the pack out. The meals consist of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

Many of the meals are expected to go to students living in impoverished areas in Africa. Various African countries have suffered in recent years from either natural or man-made disasters. Tennessee is just one of many locations where these events have been taking place. IRUSA has been holding meal packaging sessions throughout the United States, and will continue to host these sessions until early December.

Between all these locations, Islamic Relief USA hopes to pack a total of 500,000 meals by early December. Opportunities to volunteer are still available.

For more information about this program, and to find a meal pack out near you, visit





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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


Rise Against HungerAbout Rise Against Hunger

Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization, aims to show the world that it is, in fact, possible to end hunger by the year 2030. With 20 U.S. locations and five international offices, the organization is committed to nourishing lives, providing emergency aid, empowering communities and growing the hunger movement. Rise Against Hunger has facilitated the packaging of more than 380 million meals distributed to 74 countries around the world.

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