Staff members and volunteers in Virginia have been preparing hot food and distributing it to people outside the Dar Al-Hijrah Center.
In the midst of the deadly pandemic outbreak, the center is closed to the public, people gather outside to receive food during the holy month of Ramadan.
“Ramadan is a month where we come together as a community, come for nightly prayers, break fast together, so this is a big impact,” Saif Rahman, director of public and government affairs at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, said.
“The other component of this, very honestly, is the financial component. Ramadan typically is the month when mosques tend to get the vast majority of their yearly budgets in terms of donations.”
A simple drive-through has been set up to make meals accessible to the public.
“The food is being cooked by the workers of the mosque and us volunteers we come later, around 4pm,” told a volunteer, “to pack the food, put the stickers on, bag them and then distribute them.”
Since March, Virginia’s people have been faced with lockdown restrictions and it is still unclear when the restrictions will be eased.