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Islamic Food Pantry Fall/Winter Food Drive

We need our community of faith to help each other eat we are family.

PRLog - Aug. 18, 2014 - The Islamic Food Pantry in Metro Atlanta serves hundreds of people in the Stone Mountain,Lithonia and Clarkston area annually. Although a small pantry compared to most in the area it is the lifeline for many in the community who have been laid off from work, ill and can't work or who are waiting on acceptance into the government SNAP program (formerly Food Stamp program). Sometimes this can take up to six-eight weeks. Many families would perish if there were not food pantries like the Islamic Food Pantry around to fill in the gap.

This project is restocked every two weeks by volunteers who go out and host cyber food drives, larger food pantries like the Madina Food Pantry in the Islamic community, Islamic schools, Girl Scout Troops in the Islamic community and individuals who donate three to five items whenever they go and shop for groceries for their families.

The loyal group of volunteers is hosting a cyber food drive on Facebook now through September 3 to help bring more awareness to the project and to help restock the shelves for the fall and winter months. Last year over 400 people received emergency food from this project. Many were people who had their SNAP benefits reduced by Congress in December of 2013.

The Islamic Food Pantry is also restocked with funds raised through the recycling of old clothes, shoes, belts and purses. This project is managed by the Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. who host the pantry weekly in its office inside the Global Integrated Leadership building located at 1100 S. Indian Creek Drive in Stone Mountain, Georgia. On Saturday, August 23 from 11 am EDT to 12 noon, volunteers, people from the community and some former food pantry clients will meet to bring their old clothes, shoes, belts and purses to help the pantry project raise money to restock the shelves.

The Islamic Food Pantry is listed with the United Way 211 call center for people who need assistance with food, shelter, finding organizations to volunteer in, etc. Those who need emergency food are asked to call 770-255-8500 Thursday mornings between 7 am-10 am to set an appointment to come in between 1 pm-2 pm that day to receive the food. You must answer a few qualifying questions and have a valid state or federal issued ID to receive food. People who are temporarily without ID are served and asked to bring items such as rental agreements, statements from employers, clergy or a referral from another social service agency in the metro Atlanta area.

This project also collects emergency supplies like batteries, bottled water, battery operated lighting, first aid supplies, disposable diapers and sanitary items for women to assist in supplying families who need these items during natural disasters and other emergencies. To donate food or emergency items to this project call the number listed below.


Hadayai Majeed
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