Boxes of free eggs, cereal, apples, onions, chicken, sanitizer and masks were handed out Saturday afternoon to Hagerstown’s neediest residents.
The Islamic Society of Western Maryland sponsored the free food distribution event in the parking lot of the nonprofit Children In Need on North Avenue Hagerstown. The organization planned to distribute 100 boxes of food.
Free medical care also was provided.
“This is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Hagerstown, and this is so important,” said Anwar Qadri, president of the Hagerstown-based Islamic Society of Western Maryland. “We have so many things to eat, to enjoy life, that it’s mandatory on us to take care of these residents.
“This is our community,” he said. “We have to take care of them.”
This is the second year the Islamic Society has sponsored such an event.
Andy Smith of Brothers Who Care, a local organization that promotes culture, health and success, partnered with the Islamic Society for Saturday’s event.
“It’s a partnership that began with the Islamic Society 10 years ago,” Smith said. “We have a health initiative to serve the underserved. This mobile clinic is important to try to make available medical health services to the underserved.
“We support cultural appreciation, health importance and education,” he said.
Smith was not only helping to load vehicles with boxes of food, but he personally delivered food to several homebound elderly residents unable to come themselves.
Abdun Matin with the grassroots organization Islamic Circle of North America said sponsors wanted Saturday’s event to combine both a food giveaway and mobile health clinic.
“This community definitely needs this,” he said. “Everyone here really deserves this service … We need to do this service more consistently than we have.”
Matin said the organization takes the mobile health clinic to other needy areas around Maryland, including Prince George’s County and Baltimore.
On Saturday, Hagerstown residents could get tests including blood pressure screening, blood sugar, blood count and a cholesterol test.
Jenna Warren came to get several boxes of food for herself, and picked up more for residents unable to come.
“I’m picking up for two families that are unable to get here,” she said. “I’m just trying to help any way I can.”
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