Spirit Of Ramadan Food Drive Surpasses Goal For 13th Year

The Muslim community has come through with yet another successful food drive for Windsor-Essex.

It's the 13th year for The Share the Spirit of Ramadan Food Drive that wrapped up at Devonshire Mall on Sunday afternoon. Residents have the option to purchase 14 non-perishable food and toiletry items or donate money to have the items purchased for them.

Organizer Sousan Khaled says a goal of 1,000 bags is set every year but they surpass that goal every time with the help of the community — this year collecting close to 1,100. She says the drive now supplies more than 17 food banks.

"Places like St. Vincent De Paul, and Windsor Homes Coalition, the Salvation Army, Hiatus House, they're here representing their charities as well and letting people know about their respective food banks," she says.

She tells AM800 News with all the negative stereotypes that people continue to cling too, it makes breaking the stigma through community outreach even more important every year.

"As much as you're frustrated on the inside there's a lot of ignorance and there's going to be ignorance all over the place, but you have to push through and continue to good," says Khaled. "This is the true spirit of Islam and any religion and any human being is going to feel this exact same way, that's what I believe."

The food drive has now supplied more than 14,000 bags over the past 13 years to foodbanks throughout Windsor-Essex.