Two Springfield mosques are collaborating to help alleviate the city’s hunger and nutrition needs.
Masjid An-Nur Mosque and Masjid Al-Madina Mosque have formed the Mercy Food Pantry that helped 62 city residents at its grand opening in July and will operate from 3 to 5 p.m. on the third Friday of each month.
It is located at Masjid An-Nur Mosque, 743 W. Liberty St.
The partnership had been talked about on and off for a while. Masjid An-Nur has participated in clothing giveaways and other charitable projects, while Masjid Al-Madina collaborates twice a year with Springfield church to benefit Springfield Soup Kitchen.
“Springfield has a large percentage of people who need this assistance. I work in social services and see this a lot,” said Imam Mustafaa Islam of Masjid An-Nur.
Mariam Khan said this is something the Masjid Al-Madina congregation wanted to do as helping others is an extension of being Muslim. Both mosques share the same
“It is important to serve directly in the community; it’s a requirement of our faith,” she said.
Flyers in the neighborhood around Masjid An-Nur prior to its opening to build awareness and despite rain still drew more people than anticipated on opening day.
The pantry stocks a variety of food staples including canned foods, cereal, potatoes, cabbage, oatmeal, soups, snacks and bread.