The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Delivers More than 320 Thousand Pounds of Food to Mid-Atlantic Area Food Banks
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2020
Church coordinates with partners in the Muslim community to alleviate hunger amid Local COVID-19 reality
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Multiple trucks loaded with a total of more than 320 thousand pounds of food have been arriving at food banks in the Washington, DC/Baltimore and the mid-Atlantic area from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the past month to help relieve the economic impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, trucks arrived at the Nation's Mosque in Hyattsville, MD, the Langston Hughes Community Center in Baltimore, MD and Masjidullah, Inc, a non-profit located in Philadelphia, PA. Each location received 40 thousand pounds of food. The donations included basic food and supplies such as peanut butter, applesauce, beans, flour, sugar, spaghetti and milk powder. The deliveries also included cleaning supplies and toilet paper.
"This donation was enough to feed more than 200 families," said Talib M. Shareef, President and Iman of the historic Nation's Mosque, Masjid Muhammad, in Washington, DC, speaking of the donation to the Hyattsville mosque.
"It's been an inspirational day and we're happy to be part of it," said Michael Brady, President of the Baltimore Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"Mike called me and asked how much food I needed and I said 15 hundred pounds," said Imam Earl Al-Amin of the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore. "Mike called back and told me there were 40 thousand pounds on the way. We've been distributing it all day." El-Amin directed the delivery to the Langston Hughes Community Center in Baltimore.
"I met Mike a few years ago and we've worked on several initiatives. "People ask: 'what's the connection.' The connection is the Creator," said El-Amin. "The connection will always be the Creator."
"The food donations have been coming from Salt Lake City since March when the first truckload was delivered to the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC," said Kevin E. Calderwood, Area Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"Our Greatest form of worship during this pandemic can be serving and reaching out following the example of Jesus Christ."
Last week, deliveries were also made to the Mount Airy Net and Frederick Food Bank in Frederick, MD.
This week a truck will go to Fairfax and Chantilly, VA, where the delivery will be shared by Food For Others and the Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. The Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore will receive a delivery next week, as will the St. Lucy Project in Manassas, VA. The St. Lucy Project will receive a second delivery next month.
The deliveries have an approximate value of 360 thousand dollars.
Contact: Colleen Henrichsen
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