With the coronavirus crisis causing widespread disruption of the Oregon economy, Portland’s Muslim Educational Trust has kicked its food-delivery program into overdrive.
The MET normally supplies 75 to 100 needy families every month with food boxes. But life now isn’t normal right now.
“With this crisis our executive committee decided to increase it to 500,” said Wajdi Said, the MET’s president and co-founder. “We thought about how we can reach the most vulnerable members of our community by supporting them and caring for them.”
Ramadan, a month of fasting, prayer and dedication to community for Muslims, began last week. Perhaps that is appropriate.
“We are fasting and we are focused,” Said said. “Ramadan is supposed to be the wisdom of God, the wisdom of Allah, so we can feel how the poor and the needy are feeling.
“This is a good time for us to reflect and enhance our healing process, our togetherness, our caring, our responsibility that no one shall believe unless you love for your sister and your brother what you love for yourself.”
The MET’s volunteers have designated themselves as the Oregon Muslims COVID-19 Mobilization Team.
Aid goes to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and relief boxes have been shipped as far north as Southwest Washington and as far south was Woodburn.