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Muslims come out during Ramadan to bring food to those in need

Posted at 8:18 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 20:27:42-04

MANHATTAN — Volunteers from Muslims Giving Back head to Manhattan’s Herald Square to feed those in need every night.

Organization coordinator Mohammed Widdi said coronavirus has people "spooked" and people weren't going out to help the hungry. But now volunteers are out and handing out nearly 300 meals daily.

"This is faith through action," Widdi said. "e run out of food and there’s still a line that wraps around the block. We’re like 'wow, this is really, really serious."

Widdi said it's rewaring to show people "what Islam is all about."

The nonprofit also created a shelter for victims of domestic violence. They run Project Transform, an initiative providing a permanent roof over the heads of struggling families.

All of it done free of charge through donations.

"We are all one big family - doesn’t matter if you’re Muslim or not Muslim," Widdi said. "In fact, the majority of the people we help out are not even Muslim."

If you’re interested in helping or donating to Muslims Giving Back, click here.