RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Over the past eight Saturdays, the RGV Muslim Community has handed out nearly 3,000 boxes of food and essential items.
“We wanted to do something where people have a sense of security, for at least some time. Knowing that okay we put out the food on the table today, but next week also we have something coming in.” said Faatimah Hussein, Muslim Community Member
Hussein said the need in the community has been great. Their first distribution, they prepared 200 boxes, and had to turn families away. The next week they made 300 boxes and still hand to turn families away, and the numbers kept growing.
Saturday’s distribution will be the last one for now. Hussein said having to turn away families broke their hearts so this time they prepared 425 boxes.
“We just want to end on a good note. We don’t want to have to turn anybody away this week, so we really tried our best to try and help as many people this time as possible.” said Hussein
Their good work is being noticed. McAllen City Commissioner of District 3 Omar Quintanilla stopped by to thank them for their tremendous work.
“What they are doing here is wonderful. This is a challenging time for our community, and for those that have been laid off, those that don’t have even food for the day.” said Quintanilla
Hussein said over the past few weeks it has become harder to raise funds and they have also faced challenges finding supplies, however the community is considering more distributions in the future.
“It is not going away. Jobs are not coming back that fast. People will still be struggling and it’s going to take a very long time before people get that security and be able to take care of their families without having to worry about where their next meal is coming from.” said Hussein.