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DO GOOD! PURIFY MIND AND ENVIRONMENT!
Even a seven year old can Understand. A seventy year old must practice.


Say YES to Paper Ballots
NO to EVMs/VVPATs to save Democracy, Liberty, Equality and Fraternityfor
the welfare, happiness and peace for all Awakened aboriginal societies.


is the


HONEST


VOICE of ALL ABORIGINAL AWAKENED SOCIETIES (VoAAAS)


Dr B.R.Ambedkar thundered “Main Bharat Baudhmay karunga.” (I will make India Buddhist)

All Aboriginal Awakened Societies Thunder ” Hum Prapanch Prabuddha Bharatmay karunge.” (We will make world Prabuddha Prapanch)


Awakened One with Awareness the Buddha said that “hunger is the worst kind of illness.”

24 Faith-Based Organizations Promoting Food Security

Be part of the Faiths Against Hunger initiative where
we focus on interfaith in action.

“Anna Dāta Sukeebhava,” or, “May the person who donated food remain happy forever.”

Fighting Hunger with One Meal at a time bringing the tradition of
Annadānam back through

Honest
Voice of All Aboriginal Awakened Societies  urge Murderer of democratic
institutions and Master of diluting institution (Modi) to pass
legislation that provides nutrition for
vulnerable people. The Awakened with Awareness faith calls  to
stand alongside women and children around the world to provide
leadership toward a well-nourished world.


The Hunger Van Program and use online process to see food in edible
containers reaches every home till the total curfew because of COVID-19
is completely removed with revenue Murderer of democratic institutions
and Master of diluting institution (Modi)  has received Rs.15,51,004 crore during 2017-18 comprising Rs. 12,42,662 crore Tax Revenue and 
Rs 12,82,857 crore up to January 2020. Tax revenue stood at Rs 9,98,037
crore, while non-tax revenue stood at Rs 2,52,083 crore. Non-debt
capital receipts stood at Rs 32,737 crore, which includes Rs 18,351
crore of disinvestment proceeds that is in the hands of foreigners from
Bene Israel,Tibet, Africa, Eastern Europe, Western Germany, Northern
Europe, South,Russia,Hungary, etc,chitpavan brahmins of Rakshasa Rowdy
Swayam Sevaks (RSS) remotely controlling the own mother’s flesh eaters,
slaves, stooges, chamchas, chelas and bootlickers of chitpavan brahmins
Bevakoof Jhoothe Psychopaths (BJP) full of hatred, intolerance, anger,
militancy, violent, number one terrorists of the world, ever shooting,
mob lunching, mentally retarded, lunatic towards 99.9% All Aboriginal
Awakened Societies including, SC/STs/OBCs/Religious Minorities and even
the non-chitpavan brahmins. The entire revenue is now with the chitpavan
brahmins. Instead of creating a communal COVID-19 by the RSS/BJP more
deadliest than the COVID-19, it must be the honest voice of the 99.9%
All Awakened Opposition Parties to Educate, Organise and agitate through
social media on our revenue and to force Modi and the chitpavan
brahmins to distribute to the needy hungry masses by making use of the
postal department and those who were involved in census with their vans,
trucks and other vehicles and the IT department to serve food in edible
packs online.

In the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam,


Allah described those who feed needy people as those who will be
among the “companions of the right” and those who will inherit Jannah.

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) also showed us that what
is given in charity and what is being fed to the poor is what actually
remains (eternally in terms of reward with Allah), as opposed to the
food we consume.

The rewards of feeding people are immense, as highlighted in many verses and hadiths.
Allah’s Promise of Reward in the Quran


One of the most moving messages Allah sent to us regarding the rewards
of feeding those who are hungry can be found in the 76th chapter of the
Quran, Al-Insaan.

Allah says what means:

The
righteous truly drink of a cup tempered with camphor —a fountain from
which the servants of Allah drink, making it flow in abundance. They
fulfill vows and fear a day, the evil of which is widespread.


And they give food, out of love for Him, to the poor and the orphan and
the captive, [saying] “We feed you, for Allah’s pleasure only — We
desire from you neither reward nor thanks. Surely we fear from our Lord a
stern, distressful day.”

So Allah will ward off from them
the evil of that day, and cause them to meet with splendour and
happiness; And reward them, for their steadfastness, with a Garden and
with silk. (Qur’an 76:5-12)

Elsewhere, Allah described those who
feed needy people as those who will be among the “companions of the
right” and those who will inherit Jannah, as in the following verses:


“Or feeding, on a day of severe hunger, an orphan of near
relationship, or a needy person in misery. And then being among those
who believed and advised one another to patience and advised one another
to compassion. Those are the companions of the right.” (Qur’an
90:14-18)

The Prophet also encouraged feeding people

The
rewards of feeding people extend beyond verses from the Quran. ‘Abdullah
bin Salam (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

I heard
the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “O people, exchange greetings of
peace (i.e., say: As-Salamu ‘Alaikum to one another), feed people,
strengthen the ties of kinship, and be in prayer when others are asleep,
you will enter Jannah in peace.” [At- Tirmidhi].

Along those same lines, Abu Dharr (RAA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:


“When you make some soup, make a good amount by adding plenty of
liquid, and give some to your neighbors.” Related by Muslim. [Bulugh
al-Maram]

Food Given in Charity is Eternal Reward

The
Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) also showed us that what is given
in charity and what is being fed to the poor is what actually remains
(eternally in terms of reward with Allah), as opposed to the food we
consume.

‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:


The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) had slaughtered a sheep
and distributed major portions of its meat. Then he (peace be upon him)
asked, “Is there anything left?” She replied, “Nothing, except the
shoulder.” Thereupon he said, “All of it is left except its shoulder.”
[At-Tirmidhi].

Feeding the Poor is Serving Allah

On the
authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that
the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

Allah (mighty and sublime be He) will say on the Day of Resurrection…


“…O son of Adam, I asked you for food and you fed Me not. He will
say: O Lord, and how should I feed You when You are the Lord of the
worlds? He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so asked
you for food and you fed him not? Did you not know that had you fed him
you would surely have found that (the reward for doing so) with Me?”
[Muslim]

So, keeping all of this in mind, we must work hard to
feed the poor and needy, as well as our neighbors, and collaborate with
our family and friends to do so.

As a matter of fact, my own
Qur’an and Hadith teacher has started a Whatsapp group for this specific
purpose. It’s called “Feeding the Poor.” All members steadily
contribute a monthly amount for feeding the poor in certain areas.


Every month, the sum is collected from all members. This money goes to
making food and feeding groups of poor people in impoverished
neighborhoods.

You can start similar projects and you will feel
the effect of this on your overall spirituality, health, and wellbeing
insha’Allah.

How Islam Fights Hunger (30 Verses and Hadiths)


In Part One of this series, we have read Qur’anic verses and hadiths
that encourage work and production, prohibit wasting of resources, and
maintain food security. Part Two has featured the Qur’anic verses and
hadiths that appreciate plantation and explore the duties of the states
in fighting hunger.

This part will focus on social solidarity and how Muslim communities could fight hunger.


Solidarity among the Muslim community members is one of the strategies
that Islam uses to combat hunger. It is not acceptable in Islam that
people live below the poverty line while others are spending
extravagantly on unnecessary luxuries.

Catering for the needs of
those underprivileged is a duty and obligation. It is described in the
Qur’an as a right for the needy; it is not a favor on the part of the
giver but an obligation and responsibility he owes to the community.


Zakah, one of the forms of such social solidarity, is one of the
pillars of Islam that must be collected and distributed among its legal
recipients. The first Caliph, Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him),
waged a war to fight tribes that withhold it.

It is the right of
those who are unable to support themselves and their families and cannot
find suitable work to be supported by the society in a way that protect
their dignity and honor, knowing that they are indeed receiving a right
decreed for them by Allah Almighty.

Wealth belongs to Allah and
we are trustees who are supposed to distribute it according the command
of the original Owner, Allah Almighty.
A Significant Duty

21. Allah Almighty says:


{Believe in Allah and His Messenger, and spend of that whereof He has
made you trustees. And such of you as believe and spend (in Allah’s
Way), theirs will be a great reward.} (Al-Hadid 57:7)

22. Allah Almighty says:


{And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of
Allah – give them tidings of a painful torment.} (At-Tawbah 9:34)

23. Allah Almighty says:


{And when it is said to them, “Spend from that which Allah has provided
for you,” those who disbelieve say to those who believe, “Should we
feed one whom, if Allah had willed, He would have fed? You are not but
in clear error.”} (Yasin 36:47)

24. `Abdullah ibn `Abbas (may
Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and
blessings be upon him) said, “The believer is not he who eats his fill
while his neighbor is hungry.” (Authenticated by Al-Albani)

25. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

The worst food is that of a wedding banquet to which only the rich are invited while the poor are not invited… (Al-Bukhari)

26. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:


Every day… two angels come down from Heaven and one of them says, ‘O
Allah! Compensate every person who spends (in Your cause,)’ and the
other (angel) says, ‘O Allah! Bring destruction to one who withholds.’
(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

27. `Adi ibn Hatim (may Allah be pleased
with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)
said: “Save yourself from Hell-fire even by giving half a -date-fruit
(in charity.)” (Al-Bukhari)‏
Great Examples

These clear
directions were genuinely embraced and applied by early Muslims. An
amazing spirit of solidarity and giving permeated the Muslim society and
yielded wonderful examples that are recorded in the Qur’an and the
Sunnah.

28. Allah Almighty says:

{And they give food in spite of love for it (or for the love of Him, i.e. Allah) to the needy, the orphan, and the captive.

[Saying], “We feed you only for the countenance of Allah . We wish not from you reward or gratitude.

Indeed, We fear from our Lord a Day austere and distressful.”} (Al-Insan 76:8-10)

29. Abu Musa (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,


When the people of Ash`ari tribe ran short of food during battles, or
the food of their families in Medina ran short, they would collect all
their remaining food in one sheet and then distribute it among
themselves equally by measuring it with a bowl. So, these people are
from me, and I am from them. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

30. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated:


A man came to Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) and
said, “O Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him)! I am
suffering from fatigue and hunger.”

The Prophet (peace and
blessings be upon him) sent (somebody) to his wives (to get something),
but the Messenger found nothing with them. So, the Messenger of Allah
said (to his companions). “Is not there anybody who can entertain this
man tonight so that Allah may be merciful to him?“

An Ansari man
got up and said, “I (will, entertain him), O Allah’s Messenger!” So he
went to his wife and said to her, “This is the guest of Allah’s
Messenger, so do not keep anything away from him.”

She said. “By Allah, I have nothing but the children’s food.”


He said, “When the children ask for their dinner, put them to bed and
put out the light (so that the guest does not realize that they are not
eating); we shall not take our meals tonight,” She did so.

In the
morning the Ansari man went to Allah’s Messenger who said, “Allah
wondered or laughed (because of the good deed of) so-and-so man and
woman (the Ansari man and his wife.)”

Then Allah revealed: {They give [the immigrants] preference over themselves, even though they are in privation} (Al-Hashr 59:9)

are described as those who will be among the “companions of
the right” and will inherit paradise.

The Buddha said “hunger is the
worst kind of illness,” and that “if people knew the results of giving,
they wouldn’t eat without having shared their meal with others.”

BAPS organizes food drives at local community centers to
cater to low-income families and communities affected by natural
disasters.

https://www.bread.org/



We can end hunger in our time

Jesus said, ‘you give them something to eat’ — Matthew 14:16

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

Bread for the World is
an American, non-partisan, and Christian movement to end hunger. The
organization focuses on advocacy for policy change by engaging
individuals and groups in annual campaigns with a specific focus on
matters related to food and agriculture. Bread for the World organizes
fundraisers for nutrition programs and encourages activists and members
to write letters to their members of Congress, urging them to take
action on the issue of hunger and food security. The organization also
raises awareness among Christian communities and conducts training in
congregations, campuses, and community groups, while working globally
with communities hit by natural disasters to tackle post-disaster food
insecurity.

Buddhist Global Relief

Buddhist Global
Relief’s (BGR) primary focus is to provide food relief and poverty
alleviation both in the developing world and in the U.S. Their projects
aim to foster better long-term methods of sustainable food production
and distribution, ensuring a constant supply of healthy and nutritious
food to their beneficiaries. BGR also focuses on addressing the root
causes of poverty and malnutrition. BGR has projects in Asia, Africa,
and Latin America, which include the provision of healthy meals in
hospitals and schools, and improving nutrition for pregnant women,
infants, and children. In Côte d’Ivoire, for example, BGR works in the
Korhogo District focusing on decreasing the incidence of child
malnutrition. Over two hundred and sixty locals were trained as health
workers, and together they have reached over 45,745 children and
mothers.

Catholic Relief Services

https://www.crs.org/


Putting
their faith into action to help the world’s poorest create lasting
change and work with organizations around the world to help poor and
vulnerable people overcome emergencies, earn a living through
agriculture and access affordable health care.



https://foodtank.com/news/2019/07/24-faith-based-organizations-promoting-food-security/

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Plainsong Farm & Ministry

growing food for people and people for God



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Plainsong Farm & Ministry


Plainsong Farm & Ministry is a community-supported agriculture
organization, based in the U.S. state of Michigan. The farm provides
shares of their harvest to members and neighbors weekly, and members are
encouraged to buy and donate shares. Local poverty relief agencies
distribute donations to people in need in locations close to the farm.

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Plainsong Farm’s mission is to restore lost connections between people,
places and God. Our work involves agroecology, experiential farm-based
education, leadership formation and national initiatives around
church-owned land stewardship.

As a CSA farm, we grow food using
regenerative agriculture practices. Members buy shares of our weekly
harvest; approximately one quarter of our crops is provided to a local
poverty relief agency for distribution to those in need. We also sponsor
an heirloom wheat ministry, where community members hand-plant and
hand-harvest wheat for member churches to use in communion bread.


But most important, our farm is a living laboratory – a sacred space
for the intentional exploration of our relationships to the land, our
neighbor and our Creator. Our Sabbath at the Farm series combines rest
and renewal, a short informal worship service, and a potluck meal. We
gather regularly to plant and harvest together, getting hands dirty as
we rediscover the joy of hard work in community. Last summer, we
inaugurated our groundbreaking Fellowship program with three young
adults who are now more able to serve at the intersection of faith,
ecology and justice. And this past winter, a new Churchlands initiative
brought together church leaders from around the country who have been
entrusted with the stewardship of church-owned land.

We hope
you’ll find a way to connect with Plainsong Farm. Become a member,
support our mission with a donation, join the CSA, or just come out for a
tour. Need more information?

Contact: hello@plainsongfarm.com. We would love to meet you.

PLAINSONG FARM in the COVID-19 PANDEMIC


Our mission of Connecting People, Places and God is certainly being
challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the time being, we’re going to
define “Place” very expansively and make our connections largely
virtual. In light of CDC recommendations, we will join many others in
cancelling all group meetings and events through April, when our growing
season gets underway.

Our staff members will be working from
home (which for the Edwardsons means on-site) and trying to safeguard
their own, and our friends’, health. We are still planning to offer our
CSA and host our summer Fellowship program. Other on-site programs, such
as Blessing the Fields and Sabbath at the Farm, will be assessed as we
get a better sense of the situation we are all facing. As the Episcopal
Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said, “The dilemma of what we
know and what we don’t know will continue to complicate our
decision-making and our lives.” WORD.

We’ll do our very best to stay connected to all our people. Have faith, love your neighbors, and … wash your hands.


19. Plainsong Farm & Ministry


Plainsong Farm & Ministry is a community-supported agriculture
organization, based in the U.S. state of Michigan. The farm provides
shares of their harvest to members and neighbors weekly, and members are
encouraged to buy and donate shares. Local poverty relief agencies
distribute donations to people in need in locations close to the farm.


20)

https://www.tearfund.org/
TearFund


Tearfund is a British Christian relief and development agency. With its
focus on reducing poverty worldwide, TearFund supports initiatives that
help communities produce more food in environmentally sustainable ways
without the need for expensive chemicals or machinery. TearFund works
through local churches, using them as catalysts for action. Their seven
keys to ending hunger include developing profitable farming models;
promoting sustainable farming
techniques; preventing and controlling all forms of malnutrition;
building communities resilient to disasters; providing emergency support
in times of crisis; and promoting equality.

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We’re following Jesus where the need is greatest, working through local
churches to unlock people’s potential and helping them to discover that
the answer to poverty is within themselves. When disasters strike, we
respond quickly. We won’t stop until poverty stops.

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We’re
following Jesus where the need is greatest, working through local
churches to unlock people’s potential and helping them to discover that
the answer to poverty is within themselves. When disasters strike, we
respond quickly. We won’t stop until poverty stops.



https://www.goodtreefarm.com/
The Good Tree Farm of New Egypt


This Muslim organization based in New Jersey in the U.S. aims to
promote better nutritional habits by offering affordable healthy food
options, providing organic botanical products for personal care, natural
cleaning, and functional foods. The Good Tree Farm also provides
entrepreneurship opportunities to youth from socioeconomically
disadvantaged faith communities. As a farm, the organization also
invites people who “want to produce food locally, use it to feed and heal themselves and others, and lift up those less fortunate.”

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21. The Good Tree Farm of New Egypt


This Muslim organization based in New Jersey in the U.S. aims to
promote better nutritional habits by offering affordable healthy food
options, providing organic botanical products for personal care, natural
cleaning, and functional foods. The Good Tree Farm also provides
entrepreneurship opportunities to youth from socioeconomically
disadvantaged faith communities. As a farm, the organization also
invites people who “want to produce food locally, use it to feed and
heal themselves and others, and lift up those less fortunate.”

22.

https://www.worldhungerrelief.org/
World Hunger Relief


World Hunger Relief, Inc. (WHRI) is a Christian organization based in
Waco, Texas. WHRI is committed to the alleviation of food insecurity and
malnutrition through sustainable agriculture and community development.
WHRI is fighting hunger globally by training interns to be agricultural
missionaries, leaders of anti-hunger organizations, educators, and
sustainable farmers who can effectively address the issues of hunger in
their communities in 20 countries and four continents. In the U.S.,
WHRI works in partnership with Waco Family Health Center clinics
offering a vegetable prescription program to populations vulnerable to
food insecurity and malnutrition. They also host several educational
programs focusing on sustainable agriculture, environmental
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https://www.worldvision.org/


World Vision World Vision is a global Christian humanitarian
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health and wealth, World Vision works closely with communities to fight
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ZAKAT FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Zakat Foundation of America Zakat Foundation of America fights hunger
in the U.S. and abroad (Afghanistan, Bolivia, Brazil, China, India,
Northern Africa, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia) by bringing relief during
and after disasters, and supporting community development and
micro-credit programs. They run food distribution projects and provide
fresh meat for communities in need through the support of
community-based initiatives led by volunteers.

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WHO WE ARE
Our Vision & What Makes Us Unique

Zakat Foundation of America is unique among humanitarian organizations
in advancing zakat as a vehicle for social change. The third pillar of
Islam, zakat is an obligatory claim on the wealth of the affluent to
empower the indigent. Zakat Foundation channels this egalitarian spirit
of zakat into a global vision of social development that transcends
national boundaries, and stands as the foremost authority on
interpreting zakat as a factor for positive change.

We strive to
be an exceptional relief and development organization utilizing
sustainable methods, while modeling the spirit of cooperative
internationalism that will be essential in an increasingly unstable
world. As a direct result of our reputation for path-breaking
humanitarianism with a global vision, we are rapidly growing in reach
and capacity. Every year brings new projects that expand the scope of
our work and deepen its impact on the communities we serve.

Our Mission

We foster charitable giving to alleviate the immediate needs and ensure
the self-reliance of the poorest people around the world with zakat and
sadaqa dollars of privileged Muslims and the support of other generous
donors. We believe that people of privilege can “purify” their wealth
through charity, and those tried with loss are accorded a rightful share
from the resources of the affluent.

Our Means

We accomplish our mission by:

Bringing immediate relief during and after disasters, building and
supporting schools, orphanages and health clinics, supporting community
development programs and micro-credit, providing Ramadan Iftars and food
distribution, and providing fresh meat for Udhiya/Qurbani and Aqeeqah
through the support of community-based initiatives
Serving as a trusted zakat and sadaqa resource center for our Muslim donors
Serving as a trusted charity option for all donors through
financial transparency and strict standards of efficiency and
accountability
Minimizing expenses by maintaining a small administrative staff
Maximizing donations by establishing strategic partnerships

Our Beginnings

Zakat Foundation of America was founded in 2001 upon the Islamic principle illustrated in the Gracious Quran:

“They feed with food -despite their own desire for it-
the indigent, and the orphan and the captive (saying):
‘We feed you purely for the sake of God.
We desire no reward from you, nor thankfulness.’”
(Surah al-Insan, 8-9)

Zakat Foundation was established during a time when humanitarian
organizations faced increased scrutiny in their activities and
procedures, leading to new standards in transparency and accountability.
As a US-based, Muslim-run charity organization that serves needy
communities both at home and abroad, we demonstrate the inclusive beauty
of the Islamic tradition through programs that reach the destitute
worldwide.

Zakat Foundation has differentiated itself from a
traditional US-based Muslim charity approach of exclusively supporting
communities abroad and reaches poor and indigent communities within the
United States as well. Since our establishment, we have progressed from
mostly offering immediate emergency aid and Seasonal Programs to a focus
on severing the roots of poverty, utilizing zakat and sadaqa donations
to develop long-term, sustainable solutions.

Zakat Foundation of
America is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit international
relief and development organization organized under the laws of the
State of Illinois. As a humanitarian relief and development
organization, Zakat Foundation endeavors to adhere to the core
humanitarian principles set forth in the Code of Conduct for
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster
Relief, particularly its provisions on humanity, impartiality,
independence and neutrality.

President Obama’s testament to the peace and beauty of Islam and contributions Muslims make in society.

24. Zakat Foundation of America


Zakat Foundation of America fights hunger in the U.S. and abroad
(Afghanistan, Bolivia, Brazil, China, India, Northern Africa, Pakistan,
and Southeast Asia) by bringing relief during and after disasters, and
supporting community development and micro-credit programs. They run
food distribution projects and provide fresh meat for communities in
need through the support of community-based initiatives led by
volunteers.

Abdullah ibn Salam (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated,



Community organizers and leaders of all kinds who share and promote
ideas play an important role in spreading values and bringing people
together. They have the ability to leverage the collective strength of
people to serve the well-being of humanity.

Prophet Muhammad
(peace and blessings be upon him) was sincere and had strong, clear
conviction in his message. That is why he implemented it first on
himself before he took it to others. His sincerity showed on his face,
attitude, and body language, lending confidence and credibility to his
words and message.

The essence of his message is the well-being
of people, and his first words as he entered into the new community of
Madinah emphasized that.
Feed the Hungry

Eliminating hunger
starts with everyone recognizing that we share the world’s food
resources. We can start to feed the hungry by creating opportunities for
people to have healthy meals through social occasions, dedicated
outlets or the personal concern on the individual level.

Food is a
necessity of survival and a prerequisite for peace. We cannot expect
communities and countries to tackle other issues until we have helped
them ease the pangs of hunger among their people. Ensuring that everyone
is able to find their meals for the day is an important step towards
world peace.
Greet with Peace

What Prophet Said When He Arrived in Madinah - About Islam


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Why Should Buddhists Be Concerned About Global Hunger?


The chief qualities of the heart emphasized in Buddhism are metta and
karuna, loving-kindness and compassion. The Buddha says that we should
extend our love and compassion universally to all beings throughout the
world, protecting them “as a mother protects her only child.” The way to
express compassion in action is generosity, and the most essential
gift for sustaining life is the gift of food. The Buddha said “hunger
is the worst kind of illness” (Dhammapada 203). He also declared: “If
people knew the results of giving, they wouldn’t eat without having
shared their meal with others” (Itivuttaka 26). Taking these words to
heart, we should each make it our personal mission to do what we can to
eliminate world hunger.

In
an age that has made our common humanity so palpably real, the Buddha’s
teachings challenge us to “share our meal” with others no matter where
they may be living, no matter what their nationality, ethnicity, gender,
or religion might be. Since chronic malnutrition is the cause of
unthinkable misery, we cannot remain complacent when so many go hungry
every day.

We must express compassion in action by giving others
the gift of food and offering them the chance to live with dignity, to
feed themselves and their families. By putting our hearts and hands
together, we can turn this world into a Buddha-realm marked by justice,
equity, and opportunity for all.

(Most of the factual data about global hunger in this article has been gathered from the website of the World Food Program, http://www.wfp.org/english.)
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BGR Supports Hunger Relief during Pandemic


By BGR Staff


Over the past two weeks BGR has so far donated $13,500 to support
communities, both globally and nationally, adversely impacted by the
coronavirus pandemic.


To assist the international effort, BGR contributed $5,000 to the World Food Program USA
to provide food relief to people in other countries afflicted by hunger
worsened by the pandemic. While coronavirus is hurting everyone, it is
hitting people in crisis zones the hardest. From Syria to Bangladesh,
the virus is beginning to spread through crowded refugee camps and
people living in extreme poverty. With its logistical and emergency
expertise, WFP is ramping up its response to nourish and protect people
already living in extremely vulnerable conditions.


We also donated $1,000 to the Karuna Trust
in Sri Lanka, which is distributing food to poor families hard hit by
the strict curfew currently in place in the country. The Karuna Trust is
working together with the the Additional Government Agent of Matale, to
assist them in feeding poor children and elders in orphanages and
elders’ homes, which have no way now of obtaining food from their
regular donors.


Further, BGR gave a donation of $500 to the Bangladesh Buddhist Missionary Society,
a BGR partner, to support their efforts to combat the pandemic. The
Society is using its spare space as a quarantine center; developing
public awareness campaigns; providing hand sanitizer, masks, and other
sanitation equipment; arranging for medical teams; and providing
emergency food support.


Here in the U.S., BGR has donated a total of $7,000 to support food
banks providing food relief to poor people affected by the pandemic.
Donations of $1,000 each were provided to food banks in seven locations:
New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans, El Paso,
Philadelphia, and central New Jersey. While we would have liked to
provide assistance to even more regions, we had to choose those areas
most urgently in need of food aid. Check out a food bank in your own
city. A list of them is available on the website of Feeding America.


BGR is blessed to be able to contribute to the important work being done by these courageous organizations. 


To help BGR continue putting compassion into action, please consider making a generous donation to BGR. We are a distinctive Buddhist organization helping poor and neglected peoples throughout the world.   


For reflections on the covid-19 pandemic by our chairperson, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, go here. And for video talks by Ven. Bodhi on how to cope with the pandemic, go here and here.





Promoting a Food-Sovereign City in Detroit


By Patricia Brick


This year Buddhist Global Relief’s partner Keep Growing Detroit (KGD)
celebrated its sixth anniversary of supporting gardeners and creating
food distribution pathways to ensure as many Detroit residents as
possible have access to nutritious locally grown fruits and vegetables.


With a median household income below $31,000, nearly 38 percent of
Detroit residents live below the poverty line, and 42 percent of
households rely on food assistance programs to feed their families. KGD
was founded to promote a food-sovereign city, in which all Detroit
residents have access to healthy, sustainably cultivated food grown by
Detroiters within the city limits. Through the long-standing Garden
Resource Program, founded in 2003, KGD provides seeds, transplants, and
resources to support Detroiters in growing their own food gardens and
securing access to fresh, low-cost vegetables.


Last year, 24,362 gardeners participated in the Garden Resource
Program, collectively growing more than 385,000 pounds of food in 1,603
gardens in backyards, side lots, schools, community gardens, and other
private and public spaces citywide. More than a quarter of these gardens
were cultivated by families with children under 5, thanks to KGD’s
dedicated outreach to young families through educational programs for
children and families as well as through a partnership with the Detroit
Health Department that helps families buy vegetable transplants using
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.


In addition to improving their access to healthy food, participating
gardeners reported saving an estimated $1,000 in grocery bills each
year. KGD’s Grown in Detroit program, founded in 2006, also offers
opportunities for growers to collectively sell their extra produce at
market days. Last year, growers at 55 gardens participated in this
program, together earning over $50,000. In a related program, growers at
34 gardens and farms sold their fruits and vegetables to local
restaurants and food businesses, earning more than $20,000. Alumni of
the Grown in Detroit programs continue to sell their produce at farmers’
markets and other outlets.


BGR
has supported Keep Growing Detroit since 2015. A 2019-20 grant from BGR
funds the distribution of 2,000 pounds of produce from Keep Growing
Detroit’s farm to food-insecure families in the city; it also funds 30
community outreach events to increase awareness of KGD’s programs. In
the coming year the organization aims to bring 400 new households into
its Garden Resource Program.


Patricia Brick is a Zen student, chair of BGR’s Communications Committee, and a BGR staff writer. She lives in New Jersey.





Helping Marginalized Working Women in Peru


By Patricia Brick



Across the globe, women who work as domestic laborers fall into an
unregulated “gray market” where jobs may require them to work long
hours, for inadequate wages, often under exploitative conditions. Many
are also vulnerable to physical abuse or sexual harassment or violence
by their employers. In Peru, women who live in the pueblos jóvenes (shantytowns)
surrounding Lima are often excluded from the mainstream job market by
racism, classism, and limited access to education. Many of these women
work in gray-market domestic jobs like housecleaning, child care, and
elder care.

BGR partner Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)
works to change the lives of these women through its project,
“Conditional Capabilities: Providing Marginalized Women Access to
Vocational Educational Training, Labor Rights, and Dignified Work.”
Working from AGTR’s community center, La Casa de Panchita, or from La
Van de Panchita, a mobile training unit, specialists educate women about
their labor rights, provide training in vocational and interpersonal
skills, offer counseling and job-search assistance, and host a variety
of workshops and educational opportunities. AGTR also is home to a
public-education initiative to raise awareness of the rights of domestic
workers and hiring practices among employers and the general public, as
well as resources and advocacy for child laborers.

Last year, through a BGR grant, 2,197 women participated in an
introductory educational session from AGTR including information on the
Peruvian Law of Domestic Workers (Law 27986); 466 of these women joined
additional in-depth training sessions on topics including job interview
preparation, the legal rights of domestic workers, and adapting to the
cultural expectations of their Lima employers—more than 70 percent of
Lima’s domestic workers are internal migrants from the Andes and the
Amazon region. Women who participated in AGTR training received
instruction manuals, a cookbook containing recipes for healthy meals,
and a stipend to cover their transportation to and from the community
center.

At year’s end, 262 women had obtained new jobs with decent working
conditions and fair wages; 156 of these were employed in full-time,
permanent positions. An additional 138 women maintained or improved
their working conditions through AGTR’s counseling and mediation
services.

One of AGTR’s training participants, Verónica, spoke to the value of
the community created by AGTR. “After taking part in AGTR’s and La Casa
de Panchita’s workshops, I feel more comfortable with myself,” she said.
“I have met other women working in domestic service in Lima, and that
has given me more confidence. I felt understood there, because other
domestic workers also went through the same difficulties I had to face. I
have learned to value my work experience and the knowledge I have
acquired in recent years, to organize myself better in my work, and to
know how to adapt to the customs of my new employers.”

Karina
immigrated to Lima from Venezuela because of economic need. “At La Casa
de Panchita I felt included, like I belong, and I felt comfortable
here,” she said. “In my situation, as a migrant still trying to rebuild
my life in a new country, this was very important for me. This place and
the people here are very warm, and one can feel it from the very moment
they open the door.”

Through her participation in AGTR’s trainings, Victoria found a new
confidence in herself. “Here I learned that I have rights; before, I
knew nothing about rights,” she said. “Also, I have learned to value
domestic work, not to feel less than others, that one should not be
ashamed for being a domestic worker. I had never thought about how many
years I have been working and how much I have learned from those years
working in domestic service.”

AGTR estimates that each of the 2,197 women directly participating in
trainings and other services shares what she has learned with five
peers, raising the total estimated number of beneficiaries to more than
10,000.

 

Patricia Brick is a Zen student, chair of BGR’s Communications Committee, and a BGR staff writer. She lives in New Jersey.




































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About Us


Ending Poverty, Together.







The world is hungry, but the emptiness goes far beyond the table.
The need is physical and spiritual. People hunger for opportunity,
starve for resources, and have been stripped of value. These injustices
keep us up at night.

AND YET HOPE REMAINS

Food for the Hungry
seeks to end ALL forms of human poverty by going to the hard places and
walking with the world’s most vulnerable people. We’ve been serving
through purposeful relief and development for over four decades. We
believe in the fight against poverty, which is why we serve the
vulnerable in over 20 countries globally. We’re moved and inspired by our Christian belief 

that
every person has intrinsic value, and that it’s our responsibility to
advocate for the poor and marginalized without regard to race, creed or
nationality and without adverse distinction of any kind. We serve on the
basis of need alone. We strive to respect the culture and customs of
the people we serve in order to preserve their humanity and dignity.


WHAT WE DO

We
provide life-changing resources such as clean water, medical aid, food,
equal educational opportunities to girls and boys, vocational training
and empowerment in the midst of unimaginable hardships. Our view of
poverty is holistic and complex. We honor the people we serve by
inviting them to contribute to the process. We are grateful to be
invited into the communities we serve and work side-by-side with local
leaders, responding to their needs with transformative solutions, which
are both sustainable and implemented at the hands of the communities
themselves.



WHO WE ARE

Our international staff belongs to
the nations they serve–in fact, 98% of our staff work in their country
of origin. We are not foreigners or outsiders offering a new way of
life. We are sisters and brothers lifting the shared burden from the
shoulders of our global family.



THE EXIT PLAN

We’re proud of the communities we
enter, but more than that, we’re proud of the ones we exit. These are
the communities where extreme poverty no longer has a seat at the table.
They’re self-sustainable and living out God’s purpose for their lives.
We celebrate with them and then we intentionally seek out the next
community suffering under the heavy weight of poverty.






We are created for this work.

Food for the Hungry proudly adheres to the Red Cross Code of Conduct to ensure beneficiaries receive the best quality assistance.

FH is also a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


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Come work with us! We’re ending extreme poverty, together!




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