September 26th, 2007 14:24 EST
U.S. Muslims Urged to Fight Hunger
The Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR) today called on American Muslims to enhance the rewards of their Ramadan fast by performing community service in the fight against hunger.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Feed the hungry, visit the sick and set free the captives."
CAIR's call is part of its "Muslims Care" campaign, an initiative designed to encourage volunteerism in the American Muslim community.
1) JOIN ISLAMIC RELIEF'S HUMANITARIAN DAY
Thousands of volunteers across the nation will be in local neighborhoods on the weekend of September 29-30, 2007, to provide essential services to the homeless, including clothes, blankets, hygiene kits, toys for children, and hot meals.
Humanitarian Day will take place in Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Elizabeth, Fort Thompson, Houston, Kalamazoo, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
To learn more about Humanitarian Day, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-347-0774.
2) ORGANIZE MEMBERS OF YOUR COMMUNITY TO TAKE THE FOOD STAMP CHALLENGE
Over the past year, a number of anti-hunger and poverty groups sparked public awareness about the inadequacy of food stamp allotments by challenging community leaders to try feeding themselves on those allotments.
Participants in the food stamp challenge commit to restricting their food budget to $3 per day or $21 for a week, the national average for food stamp benefits.
Muslim community leaders can perform this challenge and encourage their community to do the same.
If your community accepts the challenge, inform your local media using the steps outlined in CAIR's Ramadan Resource Guide.
3) VOLUNTEER WITH A LOCAL CHARITY THROUGH THE NATION'S FOOD BANK NETWORK
Those interested in volunteering with a local food bank may begin by entering your zip code at: http://secondharvest.volunteermatch.org/
Your mosque can coordinate its efforts with local food banks that can guide your community to maximize your efforts to serve those in need.
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