A Chicago Muslim charity is cooperating with the largest food delivery company in the US to deliver food packages to the needy and vulnerable across the nation during the holy month of Ramadan.
“The COVID-19 pandemic showed the urgent need to feed the poor,” Khalil Demir, the executive director of the Zakat Foundation of America, told Arab News.
“We commend DoorDash for implementing its social corporate responsibility to help the poor, and urge other companies to do the same,” he added.
“We feel we’re the best partner to help them do just that, because it’s already our mission to feed poor people across this country.”
The partnership comes as part of the “Feel the Hunger to Do Good” campaign that is using the spirit of the holy month, when fasting Muslims are urged to support the less fortunate.
DoorDash is also providing funds for the Ramadan meals from its “halal collection,” where it deducts $1 from each order that goes toward feeding the poor through the Zakat Foundation of America.
“The ability to break the fast each day of the month at sunset is critical to the holy month,” said Nadia Ismail, an executive at DoorDash.
“To support the community during their month of fast, DoorDash is honored to be highlighting local, halal-certified merchants and donating $1 per order from those merchants to the Zakat Foundation of America to help combat food insecurity.”
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The foundation has also pledged an extra meal for every photo posted to social media with the tags @ZakatUS and @DoorDash.
“Food insecurity exists everywhere. This pandemic has shown us that our neighbors are hungry, some waiting for 10 hours in food lines. Recognizing this, DoorDash is helping power meals during this critical time,” said Amna Mirza, chief marketing officer at the foundation.
Mirza described the company’s decision to partner with the foundation as “brave” and a contribution to “breaking down barriers.”
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Hijri Islamic calendar. It commemorates the first revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad.
From dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations).
The month of Ramadan is definitely a month of sharing and solidarity, and Muslims exert efforts during the holy month to give charity to the needy.