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Arab America Helps to Feed Washington, DC

posted on: Jun 11, 2016

On Monday, June 5, Arab America announced its 2016 Ramadan campaign, “Hummus for the Homeless.” It partnered with Catholic Charities to achieve its modest help during the holy month of Ramadan.  Every Friday during Ramadan, we are serving the homeless of Washington, DC. Thanks to the generous women of the National Arab American Women’s Association, United Muslim Relief, and Essa Azar, owner of the Manhattan Pizza chains, Arab America was able to serve almost 200 people on the first Friday of Ramadan, June 10.

Since the campaign launched, Arab Americans across the country from Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, and more have asked to help in any way they can. If you are interested in contributing to “Hummus for the Homeless,” we are happy to accept donations of food, restaurant and grocery store gift cards, and monetary compensation.

We have created a You Caring account for those who wish to give money during this charitable month of Ramadan. Donations will go directly toward purchasing fresh foods and hot meals to feed the homeless during the remaining weeks of Ramadan. Donations will also be used to purchase necessities, such as utensils, plates, cups, and beverages. If you wish to donate to “Hummus for the Homeless,” CLICK HERE.

What surprises many visitors about Washington, DC is the significant homeless population. Unfortunately, DC’s homelessness is only increasing. As of May 2016, there are 8,350 total homeless persons in the district, which is an increase of 1,052 people. Causes of DC’s homelessness include a shortage of living-wage jobs and a diminishing number of affordable housing options for low-income households.

There are not enough shelters in Washington, DC, either. Up to 544 homeless people are currently unsheltered, while 5,085 persons are staying in emergency shelters. A large meal provided by Arab America once a week for four weeks is only a drop in the bucket of combatting homelessness. But our team would be remiss to not help in any way we can; especially, during this month of giving.

Thank you to the generous Arab American community that is helping us make this community service project a reality. We would also like to thank our sponsors for this Ramadan campaign: Western Union, Dish Network, Sling TV, and Islamic Relief.

Whether you’re in the Washington, DC area or not, please consider participating in this humanitarian campaign. After all, we’re proud of our virtue “Al karam”/generosity; especially, during this holy month.  If you’re interested to provide support in any way (for Friday June 17,  24, or July 1), please contact Dr. Amal David (Daoud) at 202-827-4005313-617-6000, or email