Our goal these next two years is to #FEED500 with our Virtual Food Drive Campaign! We serve around 500 families with food hampers and casework support and we want your donation to make the greatest impact.
Mohamed Masalmeh is a Mechatronics Engineering student at Simon Fraser University. He spent the last year volunteering with the Muslim Student Association there and he is looking to get into the nonprofit field through the Muslim Food Bank. Mohamed's passion revolves around serving his community.
Ghulam Muhammad was a physician in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. He and his wife Zainab had four children. Ghulam had created a comfortable life for his wife and kids, but he couldn’t stop worrying about their safety outside the home. The sound of gunfire, bombs, and rockets kept him up at night. In 2012, at the height of war, Afghanistan reached a low point. It became the world’s poorest country, the country with the lowest literacy rate, and the site of the world’s biggest refugee population. Ghulam and Zainab decided that they could not accept the fate that Afghans were destined with. They packed their bags in the hopes of finding refuge somewhere far away. Ghulam didn’t have enough money to pay for his three older kids, Raihan, Kaihan and Aisha’s voyage so he had to leave them behind.
Ghulam and his wife and youngest child arrived in Canada in 2015. Tariq Aziz, a caseworker with MFBCS, was assigned Ghulam’s case two months into their arrival. To Tariq it was clear that Ghulam and Zainab’s biggest struggle was separation from their children. They yearned to see the children they’d left behind. “Ghulam only ever talked about his kids that were back home,” Tariq recalls. Tariq is just one among many volunteers that work for the ASPIRE community services program designed to help individuals and families stand on their own feet. When he learned that Ghulam’s family was struggling to put food on the table, he was able to provide Ghulam’s family a Walmart gift card to pay for food and other essentials through help from the ASPIRE coordinator. What’s more, Tariq helped Ghulam navigate the waters of Canadian life by guiding him through various online resources such as the WorkBC and the BC Housing websites. Ghulam’s application for subsidized housing was accepted, allowing his family to move into a more affordable home. Tariq even taught Ghulam how to access public transit.
With Zainab attending English classes and Ghulam networking for jobs, there was still one more mountain to climb. The couple appealed to the Canadian Immigration board to help reunite them with their children. Eight months after their initial appeal, Raihan, Kaihan and Aisha were accepted into Canada. Three long years into their journey, the Muhammads were together again. At last, Ghulam and Zainab didn’t have to rely on faded memories to remember his kids’ faces any longer. The family of six was finally reunited.
At the Muslim Food Bank and Community Services we support the most vunerable in our community including refugees, new immigrants, low income families, seniors and single parent households struggling to make ends meet. Sponsor an individual or a family today ---> www.muslimfoodbank.com/VirtualFoodDrive... See MoreSee Less
Every refugee has a story of perseverance. For Aman Ali, it all began at a young age in a northwestern city of Iraq. Amman Ali’s youth was spent carefree playing with friends. But one morning, Amman woke up with a high fever and excruciating pain in both of his legs. A doctor diagnosed Amaan with polio and told his father that Amaan’s legs were paralysed and that he would never walk again. Amaan was resilient and learned how to work in his family business with the disability. He pressed on in order to support his family of 5. But just as things started to look up, Iraq was invaded. The radio stations blasted news of death and bombings which spared very few schools and very few hospitals. All sense of security was lost and Amaan feared for his family. As the years went by, Amaan somehow managed to drown out the noise of bombs falling on his city but he wasn’t able to quiet the noise in his head.
When Amaan heard about Canada accepting Iraqi refugees, he knew he had to take the opportunity. What’s more, he heard that people with disabilities receive a lot of support from the government. In September 2016, the Canadian government accepted Amaan Ali’s application to resettle in Vancouver, British Columbia. They gave him permanent residency and provided him basic necessities. Due to his disability, Amaan found it difficult to get around the city. When Aspire caseworker Yusuf Khan took up Amaan’s case, he knew getting Amaan a reliable means of transportation would be life-changing. Yusuf helped Amaan sign up for a shared ride service for people with disabilities.
Thanks to Yusuf’s help, Amaan could now comfortably commute to his English classes, see his doctor and get food from the Muslim Food Bank. “I could see the happiness in his eyes.”, said Yusuf. “It gave him freedom because without that he was stuck in his room.” Moreover, Yusuf felt that he could relate to what Amaan was going through. He himself had immigrated to Canada as an Afghan refugee and recalled the help he had received from MFBCS. “I will never forget the support we received and always wanted to repay that somehow,” Yusuf said. “With the Muslim Food Bank, I got that chance.” Amaan has been in Canada for over a year and a half now. He takes the ride service bus every day to attend English classes. Once he becomes a bit more fluent, he will look for a job. Finding a job will mean a great deal to Amaan. It will mean getting his family out of a war zone. It will mean being reunited with his wife and three kids.
1 in 6 BC children live in food insecure households, that means most likely you walk past people in our community struggling to afford to feed their kids every single day. “ A man is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour is hungry.” Sahih (Al-Albani)
Thank you, Ahmed Khan for being part of our organization and sharing your wisdom with all of us. Together we can make a difference in our lives and for those who need help. May God (Allah (SWT)) bless you.
Ahmed Alhamdulilah today I had the opportunity to give a speech at the Muslim Food Bank and Community Services. I talked about the Islamic perspective as to why we should be working and being productive members of society. The only reason why I am sharing this is to raise awareness for the Muslim Food Bank and to praise the work they are doing. This was my first time actually seeing what they do and I was stunned. These volunteers are truly changing the lives of many people. May God bless them and Ease their burden. For the future, I look forward to volunteering with this organization and I hope many will as well. A truly profound institution that we should be supporting. ... See MoreSee Less
Today, the Muslim Food Bank and Community Services wants to recognize all the hard working women that are part of our community. Your dedication, selflessness and leadership make our organization so awesome, so for this, we say thank you! #iwd2019 ... See MoreSee Less
Every year, Canada admits refugees from all parts of the world and for many years now, the Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society (MFBCS) has been supporting the specific needs of the Muslim refugee group at multiple levels under our Refugee Support Program (RSP). We have provided over 1000 refugee families with Welcome Hampers since 2016. Thanks to companies like Canada Safeway who are dedicated to supporting organizations like ours, we are able to continue providing Welcome Hampers to newly arriving refugee families in BC. Thank you Safeway, for your contribution to our Welcome Hamper program!
Along with providing families with food, we also support them with basic personal hygiene toiletries, feminine hygiene products and baby supplies. We make an effort to create Welcome Hampers that are equipped with food and supplies particularized to the specific needs of individual families. ... See MoreSee Less
ومرة اخرى, خرج هذا المجتمع واظهر دعمه, ولم يكن بوسعنا ان نكون اكثر فخرا بالنتائج! المتطوعين, وال انصار, والجهات المانحة... ولقد كان لدينا عشاء ناجح اخر لجمع التبرعات بسبب حضوركم ودعمكم المستمر. من كل منا في mfbcs, jazakahallah خير و عظم الله اجركم جميعا في هذا dunia و akhira. ومع ذلك, لا يزال ينقصنا هدفنا البالغ 150,000. 150,000. دولار, نحتاج الى جمع 45,000 دولار اخرى. يرجى التبرع بسخاء بالضغط على زر التبرع ادناه. ... See MoreSee Less
While I appreciate the effort, it would’ve been better to use a real translator, not google translate to reach out in persian
لكم مني كل الاحترام والتقدير
لطاقم العمل ... Muslim Food Bank
أمانة للمسلم عامة أم هناك خصوصية، عذرا لا تعتبروها تفرقة فقط للاستفسار
Mashallah, we are so proud of this organization and all of you. May Allah reward you and increase your capacity to nourish and uplift those who are struggling and marginalized.
Positive Thoughts and Prayers
جزاكم الله كل الخير
موفق و پایدار باشید ، ولی من شنیده ام که فقط به مسلمانان کمک رسانی می کنید ، اگر این حرف صحیح باشد برای من جای سوال است که چرا وقتی فرد محتاجی به در کلیسای مسیحیان می رود بدون هیچ پرسشی از دین و مذهبش از او حمایت می کنند ، چرا تبعیض قائل می شوید ؟