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Local mosque celebrates the end of Ramadan by giving back to those with food insecurity

Posted at 7:05 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 19:05:18-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Muslims around the world are celebrating the end of Ramadan and many are now getting creative with ways to give back in this pandemic.

A local mosque is helping neighbors in need and while typically people are pulling up to the Masjid Nu'man mosque on Fillmore Avenue to get a hot meal at the end of Ramadan, this year -- they're actually getting a lot more.

Everyone received a bag filled with sustainable groceries.

This year the end of Ramadan coincided with Memorial Day -- marking a deeper meaning for those in the faith.

We want to salute all the veterans and all those who have lost lives fighting for our countries,” said organizer Fajri Ansari. “We also want to pray for the frontline workers dealing with COVID, and the families that have lost loved ones. So it’s all coinciding with the spirit of Ramadan which is wanting for your brother and sister what you want for yourself.”

The food distribution each year is a way for Muslims locally to remember those with food insecurity who don’t know when their fast will end.

Donors helped the mosque collect close to $1500 to distribute the food and masks to the public Monday.