Among the most basic needs of every human being lies the need for food and sustenance. Although this basic necessity is no revelation to anyone, the amount of people that must go without food in this country is alarming. Since the US. Department of Agriculture began measuring food security in 1995, hunger levels in America have steadily increased,with hunger present in 14.6 percent of households in 2008. That’s 13 million households and a total of 49 million Americans, the highest level of hunger since the measurement began.
Adding to the magnitude of this problem is the amount of children affected by hunger. Children experienced hunger in 506,000 households; an increase of 183,000 households from 2007. Many children face losing school meals at the end of the school year, and families end up tightening their food budget to pay for other expenses (i.e. rent, utilities, insurance, etc).
We are reminded in the Qur’an :
‘find they (servants of Allah) feed, for the love of Allah, the poor and the orphan, and the captive.” ( Al-lnsan, 76 )
With this obligation to the hungry in mind and fresh off the heels of a month of fasting during Ramadan, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) invites you to take part in our National Campaign Against Hunger and help alleviate hunger in our communities, in our states and in our nation in a month of awareness, service and advocacy.