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Hungry Around the World
Dear Nksagar,

Tonight, Muslims around the world will begin observing the holy month of Ramadan. 

During this month, many Muslims fast from sunrise to sundown if they are able, and break their fast in the evening with a communal iftar meal. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, this year’s observance may be significantly different from other years. In addition to being unable to gather in person, many families are struggling with food insecurity, making it difficult to participate in the iftar meal.

However, faith-based organizations around the globe are making sure that Muslim communities are nourished and safe during Ramadan. In accordance with Islamic values of donating to those who are needy and feeding the hungry, a social development foundation in Morocco is supporting food-based entrepreneurs in rural areas and providing emergency food relief during Ramadan. An organization in Lebanon is providing food, infant formula, and clothing to vulnerable and refugee communities. A community café and Hunger Van delivery service in New Jersey provide hot, nutritious meals to those who need them. 

This week, Food Tank is highlighting 19 Islamic anti-hunger organizations working around the world to provide food relief for those who need it most: Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth AssociationAssociation of Mass Welfare Agencies in BangladeshThe Awareness and Consolation AssociationBasma Foundation for Social Development, Dar Al-Hijra Islamic CenterEgyptian Food BankHalal Food Bank MelbourneKomite Kemanusiaan IndonesiaKubaib Foundation PakistanIslamic Appeal OrganizationIslamic Organization for Food SecurityIslamic Relief WorldwideMuslims Against HungerMuslim Global ReliefMuslim Food BankSalma Food BankTakaful for Child WelfareUnited Mission for Relief & Development, and Zamzam Foundation.

Read more about the work these organizations are doing by CLICKING HERE.

Even as many of us stay hunkered down at home during COVID-19, I’m inspired by the ways people across the food system are stepping up. I want to remind you I’m speaking with food system experts and advocates every day at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. EST. Watch our conversations LIVE on our YouTube channelFacebook LiveTwitter, and LinkedIn. And we’ll post them on FoodTank.com and our podcast, Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg.

Here at Food Tank, we’re also continuing to update our list of COVID-19 relief organizations you can support from home and our list of restaurants pivoting to support their communities during the outbreak. We’ve heard about many wonderful organizations from you—what other inspiring initiatives, projects, and chefs need to be on our lists? Please email me at danielle@foodtank.com to share their stories with us!

Stay well,

Danielle Nierenberg
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