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St. Louis Muslim Youth Organize First ‘Walk+Run Against Hunger’

walkrun-against-hunger(ST. LOUIS, MO., 3/24/2014) — On April 20, Project Downtown St. Louis (PDSTL), the Muslim Student Association Unity Project (MSA Unity) and the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) will host the first Muslim-organized “Walk+Run Against Hunger” to raise money for the needy and the homeless.

WHAT:  St. Louis Walk+Run Against Hunger
WHEN: Sunday April 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Creve Couer Lake, 13725 Marine Ave, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

According to the St. Louis area food bank, the city of St. Louis has 80,675 people living in poverty which is 23 percent of the population. There are 135,000 youth who are at risk of hunger and 85 percent of children enrolled in St. Louis Public Schools rely on free or reduced-cost meal programs.

“As American Muslims, our faith teaches us that feeding others is a right that they have on us,” said Abbas Ali the co-founder and current President of PDSTL. “Prophet Muhammad said that one of the best aspects of Islam is to feed others and greet those who you know and don't know.”

PDSTL is a youth-based community service organization that has been feeding the homeless and hungry every Saturday morning in front of a local Islamic Center. The organization hopes that the funds raised will be used to provide summer meals for families whose children no longer get free or reduced school breakfasts and lunches.

“We hope to attract people of all faiths to participate in this walk+run against hunger,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-St. Louis. “Our goal is to raise funds to feed the hungry and homeless within the city and to raise awareness of the problem in our community.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, E-Mail:; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:


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