USA: Dallas Jamat and friends pack 100,000 meals to fight hunger — The Ismaili

“When the Ismaili community calls, I answer,” said Andy Stoker, the senior minister at the First United Methodist Church stated when asked about the opportunity to participate in volunteer initiatives with the Ismaili community in Dallas.

Donning hairnets, all volunteers concentrate to pack an exact weight of each ingredient.

Donning hairnets, all volunteers concentrate to pack an exact weight of each ingredient.THE.ISMAILI / PERVEZ JINDANI

Mayor Falconer and City Council members with the Aga Khan Council and I-CERV team.

Mayor Falconer and City Council members with the Aga Khan Council and I-CERV team.THE.ISMAILI / PERVEZ JINDANI

Brownies decorating boxes to be used to pack meals.

Brownies decorating boxes to be used to pack meals.THE.ISMAILI / PERVEZ JINDANI

Mayor Falconer addresses the volunteers present at the I-CERV Day of Service.

Mayor Falconer addresses the volunteers present at the I-CERV Day of Service.THE.ISMAILI / PERVEZ JINDANI

Currently, 842 million people all around the world face hunger every day, including thousands in Texas. I-CERV (Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering) under the auspices of the Aga Khan Council for the Central United States and Feeding Children Everywhere partnered to contribute to the resolution of this problem at the local level on the I-CERV Day of Service.

“So we kept an ambitious goal of preparing 100,000 healthy meal packs in one day because we believed in the compassion of our community, and of our friends and colleagues in the giving of their time for this cause,” said Salim Rahimi, the Aga Khan Council’s Honorary Secretary.

On Sunday, September 10, more than 500 members from  the Ismaili community, churches, and organizations came together at Dallas Headquarters Jamatkhana to pack these healthy meals for local children and families in need.

According to project team member, Neelam Virani, this event has been a goal for a long time.

“A few years ago, there was an event similar to this is Richardson,” she recalls. “The team decided to do something like that because we were so inspired.

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