The Lower Mainland Ismaili Muslim community blew its goals “out of the park” during a Ramadan food drive and fundraiser for area foodbanks, including the Burnaby-based Greater Vancouver Food Bank, this year.
Ismaili CIVIC – a Canadian Ismaili Muslim initiative dedicated to community service – has run fundraisers and food drives to support local food banks for about 15 years, usually during traditional times of Muslim celebration like Ramadan, Eid and Navroz.
The organization’s goal for a Ramadan food drive this year was to collect 3,000 pounds of food and $7,500 in donations.
“We blew that out of the park,” Ismaili CIVIC lead for B.C. Sophie Shivji told the NOW.
By Wednesday, volunteers had collected 8,000 pounds of food and $17,601.