Muslim Welfare Centre: Inuvik’s Muslim community opens Arctic Food Bank

Shelves are stocked with pantry items; organizers say they will stock food bank with local meat and fish   The Arctic Food Bank was announced in September of 2014. Located behind the Midnight Sun Mosque, its shelves are stocked with food from the Muslim Welfare Centre, a charity organization based in Toronto. Muhammed Ali, the centre’s vice president, says that people have been asking why his organization decided to help establish a food bank so far from Toronto. “I say, ‘Why not?’ if there is a need,” he says. “This is Canada. We are going out of the country, we go thousands and thousands of kilometres to the other countries of the world to help. Why not help the people here first?” Ali, who will be at Inuvik’s Midnight Sun mosque today for the food bank’s official opening, says that the centre is already stocked with pantry items like flour, rice, soup, and canned tuna, but that they aspire to provide more local fare to community elders soon. “We will be working with the local hunters here, and with the fishing communities, to provide us the fish and caribou meet, reindeer meat, or whatever the local meats are,” he says. The Arctic Food Bank is the second in Inuvik, following the volunteer run Inuvik Food Bank. The official opening was at 2:00 p.m. local time Friday afternoon. Source...

ICNA in Baltimore: Distributes Food

Recognizing that the solutions to community crises are best implemented closest to the ground, ICNA Relief volunteers are in Baltimore working hand in hand with local community leaders to provide support to families impacted by the damages. Hundreds of senior citizens could not access basic groceries and toiletries, burned apartment complexes left dozens of families homeless and several small businesses were completely destroyed. ICNA Relief USA Disaster Response team on their way to Baltimore & curretnly still on the ground working with imams & other community leaders. This is how some of the team members helped so far: “We just came back from Baltimore. It was a memorable trip. When we got to the affected area, we could see & feel the tension. We met Imam Hassan from Downtown Baltimore Masjid with ICNA Relief USA Chairman Mohsin Ansari and Br.Saad along with 12 volunteers. Since all shops were closed down in fear of riots, Elderly homes & shelters were unable to get toiletries and groceries. We visited 2 such places in affected areas. When we were distributing food in the elderly home, they were extremely happy, & grateful for our efforts. Insha’allah our Disaster Relief team will arrive in one or two days. I hope you’ll pray for our volunteers that worked in such an environment where at least 3 dozen cops were a block away waiting for the demonstration to go through without any riots breaking out,”   said Moviz Siddiqi of ICNA Relief.   Source: http://icnarelief.org/site3/index.php  and...