The USDA found that 1 in 10 Minneapolis households have food insecurity, meaning that they don’t exactly know when or if they will get their next meal. Of these households, KMSP predicts that about 231,000 people who are affected are children.
Moved by these statistics in Minneapolis and across the country, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association sent over 250 delegates from across the nation to meet their local representatives at Capitol Hill, to seek their support in their fight against hunger. I met with Rep. Erik Paulsen’s office to discuss how we can improve our local efforts here in the Twin Cities.
The prophet Muhammad said, “He is a not a believer, who eats his fill while his neighbor goes hungry.” As a Muslim, I believe that it is our duty to combat hunger. Fasting during the month of Ramadan helps by allowing us to empathize with the less fortunate and enlivens the fight against hunger that my youth group has taken.
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