Bridgewater-based Muslims Against Hunger Project is kicking off its nationwide Hunger Awareness Week school program Monday, through Feb. 22 at Dar-ul-Arqam, a Muslim school on Thomas Street.
Students will collect clothing, pack utensils and bake cookies Monday to Wednesday for the Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown, said Zamir Hassan, national coordinator of Muslims Against Hunger.
Students also will serve in the soup kitchen with Muslim Against Hunger volunteers on Thursday and then write about their experience on Feb. 22, Hassan said.
"One out of every three Americans in the U.S. are living in a state of poverty," he said. "More than 13 million of them are children under 18 years old, one out of every six. The number of hungry people in New Jersey could fill Giants Stadium 9.4 times."
Hassan said he is looking for donations of plastic soup spoons, forks and knives, dinner napkins, a tub of cookie dough, food service gloves and small sandwich bags for Hunger Awareness Week.
"We also need volunteers to help with the baking, purchasing gifts cards, exchanging coins into bills, and taking items to the soup kitchen on Muslim Serve Day," he said.
Hunger Awareness Week is inspired by verses 76:8-9 in the Quran: "The righteous are those who feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of God, saying, "We feed you for the sake of God Alone; we seek from you neither reward nor thanks.' "