In a united expression of the common moral imperative in Islam and Judaism to help the weakest and most vulnerable in society, Muslim and Jewish volunteers from across Central New Jersey will be gathering at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen to prepare and serve 500 meals to hungry and homeless people in our backyard.
Mercer County Muslims Against Hunger co-ordinater Shaesta Chaudhry, said “The event, sponsored by Muslims Against Hunger Mercer County will kick off from 8:00am-1:00 PM on December 23, 2016 at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen(TASK) in Trenton, NJ. We have been serving at TASK for past 6 years. We always serve halal and kosher meals , we don’t serve what we don’t eat. In Hightstown ST James church at our weekly feeding program volunteer we sit and eat with our guest”
The impetus for the event was spearheaded by Muslims Against Hunger, a New Jersey-based organization that has been working in multiple locations across the state to feed hungry people.
According to Mr. Zamir Hassan, Founder and Director of Muslims Against Hunger (MAH), “Having worked for years to build up a strong organization of Muslims dedicated to living out the Islamic obligation to help the weakest in society, it is inspirational to join together with our Jewish brothers and sisters in this work and to find out that they are motivated by a similar moral imperative. I believe that by working together, we can have an even greater impact in alleviating the suffering of those most in need.”
Ms. Azra Baig, newly re-elected member of South Brunswick Board of Education, said “the Trenton event is taking place in conjunction with Christmas Eve; Muslims and Jews are joining hands to learn about each other’s faith traditions and are working together on behalf of people in need”. Baig also said, NJ Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman is scheduled to take part in this event.
Muslims Against Hunger Project is a volunteer run grassroots effort to educate the Muslim community and the community-at-large about the problems of Hunger, Poverty, and Homelessness in our backyard. MAH projects are not only helping to feed the hungry, but are also creating a silent dialogue. MAH is helping to bring diverse groups of individuals together to work for a common cause. In doing so, people of different faiths begin to learn from one another and grow in their understanding of one another. “For 1 in every 6 Americans, hunger is a way of life. Muslims Against Hunger has been bringing together people of different faiths for well over a decade to fight hunger in our backyard,” stated Hassan.