MORGANTOWN, WV — The West Virginia University Muslim Student Association (MSA), along with Islamic Relief USA and other volunteers, have joined forces to prepare 30,000 meals for those in need locally and abroad on November 12.

This meal wrap took place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Golden Room at the Evansdale Residential Campus. Each packaged meal feeds up to six people and includes rice, vegetables and other necessary nutrients. The palate of meals changes depending on the area that is served. Sometimes 30,000 meals will be 30,000 meals, and other times it will go to families who have a little extra food.

After the boxes are finished being packed, they will go according to where they are needed. It’s hard to predict when things will happen in the world, but the organization is always ready for when it needs to send food. These meals will go into containers and sail the seas. Said Durrah, Islamic Relief USA, Deputy Director of Volunteer Engagement, said: ‘We usually know in about two to three weeks where we feel like they can go, just know they are going to a family that desperately waiting for these things. , and we’re so happy and that’s why we say to all the volunteers, when you seal this box, in a few months someone is going to unseal this box and it will be a family in need. And it’s just a great feeling.

MSA’s goal is to unite everyone, not just Muslim students. So they advertised the event in several ways through which many more volunteers came to help the organizations. However, the idea for the event was born when the MSA saw that the University of Pittsburgh had already done it. Student organization president Shahd Hanif reached out to the university to find a way to contact Islamic Relief USA, and they teamed up on Saturday.

Hanif explained why she thinks it’s important to help those struggling with food insecurity around the world. She said, “We have to realize the privilege that we have here, even the underprivileged in America get a lot of help, so we’re looking to help people who are here and abroad, and uh, that way of helping people not only help others but it also helps us as a community of different face and all. And unity is what brings people together.

Islamic Relief USA is a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization that started in 1993. They have around 25,000 volunteers, including the 100 who participated on Saturday. When student groups are looking for ways to give back, Islamic Relief USA comes forward so that students can give through the organization rather than to it.

The organization travels from university to university, where meals are regularly packed to help those in need. The same project was underway at the University of Cincinnati, while WVU was also participating. If your university or organization is interested in giving through this organization, you can find more information here.

If you would like to participate in future events involving the WVU Muslim Student Association, you can find them through flyers, WVU eNews, and the Mosque.