FLINT (WJRT) (2/16/2018) - For the past three years, the Flint Muslim Food Pantry's southside location off of Hemphill and South Saginaw has served up to 160 families each month.
Recently, several people reached out to the Pantry saying they couldn't get there, so organizers moved to them, opening the North Flint Muslim Food Pantry.
"Growing a food pantry is not necessarily a good thing because that means something's not working well. But, as long as there are people looking for help, if we can be as efficient and as effective in providing help for them, that's what we'd like to do," explained organizer Adil Mohammed.
The North Flint Muslim Food Pantry will be open every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon.
It's located inside the Broome Center on Saginaw Street.
There's a bus stop out front.
People who stop by can pick up canned goods and sometimes fresh produce provided by the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
The local Muslim community also raises money throughout Ramadan to pay for diapers, hygiene products and cleaning supplies to hand out.
Other community organizations are also on hand, including MSU Extension and Genesee Health Services to help provide resources to those in need.
Mohammed said, yes Muslim is in the name, but that's just to identify who they are. Anyone is welcome.
"We're trying to follow what the faith teaches us. One of the big things for us in our religion, after the prayer, is to give charity," he explained. "So, it's right up there. First thing is prayer and then help others, anybody that needs help. So yeah, it's a big part of our faith. And we're trying to follow that.
The southside location is open every 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.