NEW YORK MUSLIMS URGED TO DONATE TO FOOD DRIVE
(NEW YORK, NY, 7/6/07) - The New York chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) is calling on local mosques to host food drives and collect canned goods throughout July for City Harvest, a non-profit food rescue program. By placing collection boxes at mosques and encouraging contributions, Muslims can help City Harvest to feed more than 260,000 hungry New Yorkers each week.
Muslim support of the event is part of CAIR's annual summer-long "Muslims Care" campaign, launched to encourage volunteerism in the nation's Muslim community. The campaign's theme this July is "Helping the Needy."
Immediate action requested: Those mosques interested in hosting food drives for City Harvest can contact CAIR-NY for City Harvest signs and place boxes at mosques to collection donations throughout July.
The most needed foods are: instant formula and baby food; pasta, rice and whole grain cereal; canned vegetables; canned fruit; canned beans; canned protein foods (tuna, salmon, chicken); and canned milk products. Please note that City Harvest collects food exclusively.
Mosque members can drop off full boxes of donations at local fire stations or CAIR-NY can collect full boxes at the end of July to be delivered to City Harvest.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.