On Sunday, Islamic Relief USA, a nonpartisan humanitarian and advocacy organization, will host its annual Day of Dignity event at al Inshirah Islamic Center at 3664 Troost Ave.
The event is intended to help all individuals suffering from homelessness, poverty and hunger to obtain essential items: hot meals, winter coats, hygiene kits and more. There will also be fun activities for children.
Although the United States has experienced robust job and economic growth over the past decade, there are still millions of people who are not sharing in that success. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that nearly 40 million people in the United States live in poverty.
About 12% of people in the Kansas City area suffer from food insecurity. Among senior citizens and children, the rates are 20% and 25%, respectively. Also, a 2015 Congressional Research Service report stated that 255,291 out of 2 million residents, or 12.5%, are considered poor.
Poverty will not be eradicated in a single day. However, with the Day of Dignity, we hope to create greater awareness that poverty and suffering still exist, despite what the headlines may say.
We hope that, eventually, workable solutions can be implemented to eradicate it.
– Anwar Khan, President, Islamic Relief USA, and Syed M. Hassan, public affairs specialist, Islamic Relief USA, Alexandria, Virginia “
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