Dawoodi Bohras Partner with Food Banks Mississauga

Dawoodi Bohras Partner with Food Banks Mississauga to Provide 250,000 Meals to low-income households and vulnerable sections of Mississauga.

The Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community of Mississauga has announced a five-year partnership and a contribution of 250,000 meals to low-income households and other vulnerable sections in support of Food Banks Mississauga in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. This significant contribution is part of ‘Project Rise’, a global initiative established by the Dawoodi Bohra faith to improve the lives of the less fortunate.

Food Banks Mississauga is a leading food security organisation in Mississauga with a network of 65+ agency members, including neighbourhood food banks, pantries, cupboards, and meal & snack programs, working tirelessly to realise a food-secure Mississauga. Through their network, they provide healthy and appropriate food accounting for almost 6 million meals each year.

“This donation from the Dawoodi Bohra community is the largest support gift we have ever received from a religious community. We are so grateful for their generosity in supporting neighbours living with food insecurity across Mississauga” says Meghan Nicholls, CEO of Food Banks Mississauga. “In February, we served a record-breaking 18,557 food bank users, a 34% increase from last year. As we continue to meet this growing, urgent need in our city, we are grateful to have partners like the Dawoodi Bohra by our side who recognize the scale of the challenge”

The partnership was launched by Shahzada Husain Burhanuddin, son of the leader of the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra community, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, during his visit to Canada to spread his respected father’s teachings of kindness, compassion, and helping those in need. At the launch event on March 1st, the community made a symbolic food donation to Food Banks Mississauga, signifying its determination to address food insecurity in Mississauga and the beginning of the 5-year partnership. The launch event was attended by Todd Fisher, Chair of Food Banks Mississauga along with Kimberley Souliere, Director of Development, and Katie Craig, Community Partnerships Coordinator. Expressing his gratitude, Todd Fisher, the Chair of Food Banks Mississauga, said, “I thank the Dawoodi Bohras of Mississauga for their constant support and look forward to our new collaboration.”

Behlah Ayman, President of the Mississauga Dawoodi Bohra community, commented, “Combating food insecurity has long been an initiative of the global Dawoodi Bohra community. This donation reflects the Dawoodi Bohra community’s unwavering commitment to make zero hunger and the accessibility of nutritious sustenance a reality for all. By supporting initiatives like the Mississauga Food Bank, we aim to alleviate hunger and foster a more equitable and sustainable future for everyone”.

Brad Butt, Councilor of Ward 11, Mississauga stated: “The City of Mississauga is grateful to the Dawoodi Bohras for their very generous donation to support Food Banks Mississauga. Their commitment to address food insecurity in our community is very appreciated.”

The commitment to achieve food security stems from the Dawoodi Bohra community’s groundbreaking global initiative, the Faiz-al-Mawaid-al Burhaniyah (FMB) program. For over ten years, the objective of the FMB program has been to provide at least one wholesome and nutritious meal to every community household regardless of their socio-economic status.

Aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the Dawoodi Bohra community has initiated this partnership under the broader scope of their Project Rise initiative, inspired by the teachings of their leader, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, who urges community members to aid the impoverished and marginalised sections of the society.

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