BUENA PARK, CA (January 29, 2007) – In partnership with the Sacramento chapter of the Muslim American Society,  Islamic Relief donated over 6,500 pounds of food to Sacramento area groups the past two weekends to help feed the homeless and other needy families in the community. As part of its national efforts, Islamic Relief distributed this meat in Sacramento to Family Promise of Sacramento, St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children, and the Salvation Army’s Social Services Center.

An interfaith hospitality network that assists homeless families gain self-sufficiency, Family Promise of Sacramento was the recipient of 2,500 pounds of meat on Saturday, January 21. Another 2,000 pounds of food each was given to St. John’s Shelter, which serves homeless women and children, and the Salvation Army this past Saturday.

As part of this growing community-based project, Islamic Relief has also distributed 16,000 pounds of meat to needy communities in the Metro Detroit area, and another 14,000 pounds of meat in Northern and Southern California.

This is the second consecutive year Islamic Relief has conducted the annual “Udhiyah” meat distribution in the United States, which follows the major Muslim holiday of “Eid al-Adha” (Festival of the sacrifice). Udhiyah (also known as “Qurbani”) is an Islamic religious practice involving the slaughtering of an animal.

“Islamic Relief is glad to be joining such great partners in Sacramento to help provide food to needy families in the area. This annual meat distribution program in the US is definitely picking up pace, and we hope to expand it even more next year,” said Islamic Relief spokesperson Mostafa Mahboob.

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