SoFlo Muslim Organizations Assist Workers Impacted By Government Shutdown (and How to Help)
South Florida Muslim service organizations came together to load and deliver a truck of 100 food packages to families affected by the government shutdown.
Members from Friends of Humanity, The Islamic Foundation of South Florida, The Islamic School of Miami, ICNA Relief USA, Islamic Relief USA, UHI Community Care Clinic, CAIR South Florida, The South Florida Muslim Federation and others attended and assisted.
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WSVN 7 News Miami:
Meanwhile, in Broward County, the South Florida Muslim Federation delivered food for 100 Fort Lauderdale families in need.
“When we saw this situation developing, we decided to do something,” Friends of Humanity International, Inc.’s Mohamed Javed said. “I am so proud of my community and all of these members that are here today to make it happen. We’re going to continue this until the shutdown is finished.”
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Volunteers from South Florida Muslim groups pitched in Thursday at a Fort Luderdale [sic] warehouse, packing a truck with food to deliver to Coast Guard workers at their base in Opa-locka.
It’s part of an ongoing effort to help South Florida federal workers who have been working without pay during the partial government shutdown that has entered a second month.
“One of the golden principles of Islam is the caring and sharing. We cannot go to bed unless we check with our brothers and sisters if they have food to eat,” said Mohamed Javed with Friends of Humanity.
WLRN (Coverage & How to Help):
The food banks, Feeding South Florida and Farm Share, both say they have fed nearly 5,000 people affected by the shutdown. But they need more assistance. Here’s what you can do to help:
Islamic Foundation of South Florida food bank
Based in Sunrise and Kendall, the food bank is giving out packages that include pasta, beans, canned vegetables, eggs and oil. Shehryar Wahid, a foundation committee member, says the food bank has spent $18,000 to buy products for people affected by the shutdown, but it needs more funding.
“The longer that this goes on, the bigger the demand gets,” he said. “That need is going to grow more exponentially probably than we expected.”
Wahid said people can volunteer to help put together food packages. The food bank is holding distributions at IFSF Food Pantry at 10875 NW 52nd St., Suite 7, Sunrise. You can also visit the Islamic School of Miami at 11699 SW 147th Ave., Miami.
Go to ifsf.net or call 954-605-2937 for more information.
Feeding South Florida
Sari Vatske, executive vice president of the food bank, said it needs donations of non-perishable food and other products such as baby diapers and formula. Volunteers can also help package goods at sorting facilities in Pembroke Park and Boynton Beach from Tuesday through Saturday.
“We’re most in need of funds and non-food items right now,” she said, noting the organization also needs financial donations. “If people want to donate food, we’re looking at rice, pasta, sauce, cerial, oatmeal.”
Feeding South Florida is holding food distributions across the region, including Monroe County. The food bank’s sorting facilities are at 2501 SW 32 Terrace, Pembroke Park and 4925 Park Ridge Blvd., Boynton Beach.
You can learn more by visiting feedingsouthflorida.org or calling 954-518-1818.
The food bank is giving out weeks worth of food to federal employees. Gussie Flynn, a spokeswoman for the organization, said people can volunteer at Farm Share’s warehouse in Homestead and at food distribution events across Miami-Dade. The food bank also needs canned goods and other non-perishable items.
“If you would like to have a canned food drive, that would be wonderful,” she said.
Farm Share will hold distributions at the following locations over the next week:
— Thursday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3255 Plaza St., Miami
— Friday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 6301 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
— Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 104 NW 12th St., Homestead
— Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 950 NW 20th St., Miami
For more information, visit farmshare.org or call 305-246-3276.