Muslim students fill an Episcopal food pantry

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has the story: Nameera Perwez picked up on her lesson fast, and she was eager to put it in action.

This is the season for sacrifice in the Muslim community, and the fifth-grader from the Iqra Academy of Virginia had something in mind she wanted to share: food.

For more than an hour Friday, she and 10 classmates from the small Muslim primary school in South Richmond were at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church helping sort canned goods and other nonperishable items they’d just donated to the community food pantry.

“Other people need your help, and you need to help them,” Nameera said as she and classmate Fatin Salman prepared paper grocery bags. “You can’t be greedy. You need to help them.”

The school’s principle said the Iqra Academy has a commitment to interfaith service. St. Stephen’s gives two bags of groceries to an estimated 60-70 families each week.

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