Community Comes Together to Pack 100,000 Meals

Day of Service // photos Jennifer Shertzer

On Sept. 15, more than 750 volunteers came together at the Ismaili Jamatkhana Plano to help alleviate food insecurity in honor of Hunger Action Month this September.

The Ismaili Muslim community worked in partnership with Feeding Children Everywhere, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a hunger-free world, to offer this Day of Service event. Volunteers that included Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, entire families, church organizations and city officials came together to pack more than 100,000 meals.

The day's volunteers included (at right) Plano Police Chief Greg Rushin, Texas State Representative Matt Shaheen and Nizar Didarali, President of the Aga Khan Council for Central United States // photos Jennifer Shertzer
The day’s volunteers included (at right) Plano Police Chief Greg Rushin, Texas State Representative Matt Shaheen and Nizar Didarali, President of the Aga Khan Council for Central United States // photos Jennifer Shertzer

Texas State Representative Matt Shaheen, Plano Police Chief Greg Rushin, Plano City Council member Shelby Williams, Carrollton Mayor Kevin Falconer and Nizar Didarali, President of the Aga Khan Council for Central United States, were among the public officials who gave their time to the cause.

This extensive team of volunteers packed more than 100,000 meals in only seven hours. The meals were to be donated to four North Texas nonprofit organizations: City Square, North Texas Food Bank, Metrocrest Services and 6Stones. The meals assembled were a jambalaya mix with red lentils, rice and seasonings. The meal was chosen as it is nutritious, has a long shelf life and can accommodate meatless diets.

According to North Texas Food Bank, one of every six North Texans are food-insecure. Hunger Action Month was created to educate and to encourage action in ending food insecurity.

The City of Plano presented the Ismaili Jamatkhana Plano with a Certificate of Appreciation for this Day of Service.

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Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center
6704 Alma Dr.
Plano, TX 75075

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