Carbondale Muslim Food Pantry Helping to Feed the Less Fortunate

November 10, 2007

Author: Marleen Shepherd

Source: The Southern

CARBONDALE - Anad Salem's Muslim faith makes reaching out to those in need a priority for the Carbondale physician.

"Our faith is littered with commandments to feed the hungry, to help the unfortunate, the sick, the orphans," said Salem, a member of Masjid An-Nur mosque. "All fortune belongs to God and comes from God; therefore, we are commanded to share our wealth."

Salem is one of many mosque members who put faith into action facilitating the recent opening of a food pantry at the mosque on the Northeast side. Carbondale has well-established resources for the hungry including the Good Samaritan Food Pantry at the University Baptist Church, but a pantry in the neighborhood gives residents greater access.