Responding to a front page article two weeks ago in this newspaper about the near-empty shelves of the St. Louis Area Foodbank, some area Muslims appealed to the greater Muslim community and raised $4,400, plus 1,000 pounds of frozen meat, which they delivered to the food bank earlier this week.

Matt Dace, associate director of the food bank, said that while members of religious groups volunteer their time during food drives, an effort by an entire religious group to gather money and food is unprecedented.


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