Food insecurity has increased significantly since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold more than three years ago. (Islamic Relief USA (USA)
“MOUNT VERNON, NY — In honor of Ramadan, Islamic groups will be helping to feed Mount Vernon’s most vulnerable.
During the holy fasting month of Ramadan, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, along with the Yusuf Shah Islamic Center will distribute food boxes to those in need Mount Vernon.
Food insecurity has increased significantly since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold more than three years ago, according to the group. To help ease the burden, IRUSA plans to distribute hundreds of boxes of food this weekend. Boxes will contain rice, dates, cooking oil, flour and pasta.
“The month of Ramadan is an opportunity for Muslims across the world to increase giving and empathy,” IRUSA CEO Sharif Aly explained. “It is a time to remember our neighbors who are struggling and have found themselves in vulnerable circumstances. We are pleased to be collaborating with community-based organizations to provide assistance during this holy month.”
Aly points out that recent U.S. Census data showed that 34 million Americans reported not having enough to eat each week.
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