Your generous donations to the food bank will help assist with getting meals to the poor & needy.
The food bank is opened every Friday (except on holiday week-ends) from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.
Working to end hunger in our communities by,
Providing food and supplies to the poor and needy people.
Mobilizing larger support, involvement and performance.
Creating social change to reduce poverty through education and demonstration.
The I.M.O food bank was founded and launched in April 1999 as part of its Social Services program, and in response to hunger in our communities – all nationalities, muslims and non-muslims alike.
The weekly food bank empowers the I. M. O. (a non-profit organization) to help feed the poor and needy people, and improve their lives. We do this by distributing perishable (frozen meats) and non-perishable food products; and by educating and engaging our communities in the fight against hunger and poverty.
The food bank receives food donations from individuals and companies with unsaleable stocks. Because of this support, we were able to help more than 2,000 families over the years. We urge you to support our efforts by donating canned and boxed dry groceries, bakery products, and personal hygiene or household cleaning items
Obligatory charity commanded by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).
Offering zakah is one of the main tenets of Islam.
Zakah is payable on 2.5 percent of the wealth one possesses above the nisab. Nisab, which is equal to the value of 3 ounces of gold, is the minimum amount of wealth one must have and have maintained for one lunar year before they are liable to pay zakah. The nisab amount listed below is based on the latest available report for June 2014 (Note: This number may change daily depending on fluctuations in the gold exchange rate.).
Zakah is owed on gold, silver, cash, savings, investments, rent income, business merchandise and profits, shares, securities, and bonds.
Islamic Relief collects and distributes zakah to those who are most in need, in accordance with Islamic guidelines.
Charity given in times of hardship.
Benefits of Sadaqah
Sadaqah is an Islamic term that means voluntary charity, such as a charitable act, charitable giving, or money given in charity with the intention of seeking the pleasure of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.
What are the Benefits of Sadaqah? Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said: “Give the Sadaqah without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Tirmidhi #1887)
Why should you give Sadaqah? The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Every Muslim has to give in charity.”
The people asked, “O Allah’s Prophet! If someone has nothing to give, what will he do?”
He said, “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).”
The people further asked, “If he cannot find even that?” He replied, “He should help the needy who appeal for help.”
Then the people asked, “If he cannot do that?” He replied, “Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds and this will be regarded as charitable deeds.” (Bukhari)
Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said: “Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth, and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” (Muslim)