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Church group steps in to save Muslim food pantries

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Collegiate Church Corporation


Lisa Colagrossi

Eyewitness News

NEW YORK (WABC) — A pair of Bronx food pantries in jeopardy of closing have gotten a reprieve in the form of a large donation.

The Muslim Women’s Institute for Research and Development has been operating food pantries in Highbridge and Parkchester since 1997, but without $50,000, the organization would have had to shutter the pantries at the end of the month.

But Monday evening, executive director Nurah Ama’tulla received a check for $100,000. She says she is grateful and relieved that thousands of families in the Bronx won’t have to go elsewhere for assistance.

The lifeline came from the Collegiate Church Corporation.

“We will cover the hurdle of the $50,000, and we’re covered through operations of March 31, 2012,” Ama’tulla said. “The first quarter.”

The cash infusion comes just at the right time. The Collegiate Church Corporation issued a statement, saying: “The MWIRD has faithfully its constituency for more than a decade. As the only halal food pantry in the city, their services are vital. The Collegiate Church is honored to extend them a substantial grant so that their food pantry can remain open.”

The pantries feed 2,500 people per week. In addition to paying for heat and other utilities, the organization’s four employees will get paid for the first time since Memorial Day.

Original post: Church group steps in to save Muslim food pantries


  1. maash Allah tabarak Allah


  3. God Bless Them! There sure aren’t a lot of Muslims in America on welfare because they are such responsible, hard working people, but they are a direct example of how if you give just a little help, you can lift up the wonderful people so they can stand on their own and help lift up more wonderful people-not those who are multi-generational welfare cheats.

  4. Mashallah… beautiful!

  5. This is what true Faith looks like,

  6. Alhamdulilah! 🙂

  7. to be a good christian we must do as christ taught us and help them as we would want to be helped plus ala is just another word for god we christians, the jews and the muslims all believe in the same god its all the other players that we disagree on so love one another dang it.

  8. God bless them

  9. Carol Levy hit the nail on the head. I cannot improve upon what she said.

  10. Hmm…I must say,your coverage of the food pantry story seems somewhat muted,given the full-on trumpet blast of righteous indignation your readers would have received had some perceived”islamaphobia”been detected.I’m just saying…Peace to all,Laurence

  11. Far as I have heard there is no match for the charity that goes on in the US.

  12. Anon
    Maybe that muslim mosque who raised 30,000 for the ppl in somalia but got it taken away bcuz of rumored terrorism funds. Im sorry since when is feeding a starving family an act of terrorism? We try our best as charity is a pillar of islam.

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