DC already had the fourth highest unemployment rate in the country before the COVID virus hit. Anacostia is in South East is one of the poorest neighborhoods in DC. It's where Frederick Douglas lived and where his historic home still stands. Anacostia also has a long tradition of Islam and Muslims, as witnessed by the Islamic Heritage Museum on Martin Luther King Avenue. Sadly, the area has been hard hit and homeless shelters are full.
Haneefiya America is working with local Muslim leaders in Anacostia to deliver hundreds of meals a week. Meals are packaged by volunteers, many of whom are families in other parts of the greater Washington metro area, who prepare the meals with their children as a family activity. The meals are picked up by Haneefiya America volunteers and distributed in South East, DC. It's about connecting all of our brothers and sisters in the area to serve the needy and bring hearts together. During the COVID crisis we are distributing masks as well.
We are also giving da'wah through conversations about Islam and by providing literature. We hope to share the beauty of our religion and our beloved Messenger (ṣalla Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam) to everyone we meet.
Haneefiya America invites you to become a part of this blessed effort by contributing financially or by helping to package meals. Please donate what you can and if you would like to volunteer, please contact Shaykh El Hadji Sall at (202) 770-7509 or Kareem Monib at (443) 857-8208. The funds from this fundraiser will be used to purchase food ingredients and da'wah material. Our goal is to distribute 600 meals a week. Currently we are delivering meals on Wednesdays and Fridays around noon.