The Muslim Soup Kitchen Project (MKSP) began in 2003 as a small programme run by young college students in Albany, New York, to feed the needy in their community. Since then, it has quickly gained momentum and is on its way to becoming a nationwide effort.
The programme got its start when students at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute decided to form a group to feed the less-fortunate in the Troy, Schenectady and Albany communities. Today, MKSP, led by Uzma Popal, the director of the project, has grown to include more than 200 volunteers and serves 200 to 500 meals per month at various shelters, pantries and other outlets in the region.
Food is delivered to the needy and served on a Saturday every month. “We show them that they are not alone and that we care about them,” Timesunion.com quoted Popal as saying.
“I have seen that MSKP has brought tremendous selflessness and teamwork to the community,” said Nurcihan Ramazanoglu, a volunteer. “So many people are willing to put time and effort into this project.”
On Saturday, April 29, the community celebrated the third National Muslim Soup Kitchen Project Day in New York as well as in other parts of the country where Muslims have gathered to feed individuals in need.
“These soup kitchens are held on the same day all across the country, thereby helping to bring to light the value of our Muslim communities and the role that they play in making our country a better place,” the event’s website said.
(Wrting by Seban Scaria)
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