Homelessness & Hunger

MCRC partners with like minded faith based organizations (Muslim & non-Muslim), city & local services, assistance providers to address issues of hunger and homelessness in our community.

MCRC serves over 300 hot meals each month at various shelters and tent city locations. Additionally we organize food drives and collect non-perishable food items to local food banks.

Volunteers making and distributing brown bag lunches for the homeless (350 sandwiches per month). We distribute holiday meals for homeless singles and families (including, in 2019, 500 Thanksgiving meals and 700 Christmas holiday meals)

During Ramadan each year we preparing care boxes containing food staples (rice, flour, sugar, oil, lentils, etc.) for one month for a family of five, and delivering to refugee families as well as families in low-income housing. In 2020 we provided over 3000 families with these food care boxes.

We also provide weekend meals for 80-100 students of Sherwood Forest Middle School, as part of the Bellevue Backpack meals program

 

As COVID-19 spreads in our communities, our hearts go out to everyone who is impacted by this situation. The Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) through its humanitarian and social services program MAPS-MCRC (Muslim Community Resource Center) is mobilizing additional resources to support those facing hardships in these unprecedented times. 

 

We especially can reach vulnerable populations given our established decade-long service in the wider community, cultural sensitivity and language support, access to many populations not otherwise reached through other organizations, and partnerships with many organizations. 

Families needing food assistance continue to be served through MAPS-MCRC. We are providing emergency staple foods, grocery cards and also giving them cards to buy halal or meet other dietary restrictions if need. We are also providing food to families through our partnership with the Bishops Warehouse Food Pantry operated by our partner Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

 

As school districts close, many kids who used to be dependent on subsidized meals are facing a lack of food. We have been contacted by many school districts asking us to provide basic food and hygiene items for the kids in their school. We helped over 600 kids in the Bellevue School District with kits provided by our partner Kits for Peace.

We are also coordinating volunteers who can purchase and drop off food at the homes of families with elderly, sick and those who are quarantined or in self-isolation.

 

We are continuing our hot meal programs to local shelters and tent city encampments during this time of crisis. We are catering from local restaurants to support them financially. Our team of volunteers pick up and drop off meals at local shelters and tent city encampments

 

We are assisting those impacted by the COVID-19 virus with any emergency medical supplies they need, including prescribed medications or over-the-counter medication.  

We are part of the Eastside Interfaith Council for Homelessness and work in a coordinated manner with other organizations to seek solutions and provide care for people struggling to find a place to live or food to eat.

Here are a few of the partners that we work with :

Food supplies and help with packing and delivery of food backpack to needy children in Bellevue Schools each week

Non-perishable food to Hopelink food banks on an ongoing basis.

Established a separate “Halal meat section at the Bellevue location and keep it stocked on a monthly basis.

Sandwiches to the needy on the last Saturday of each month; Each Masajid in the Eastside participates in this on a rotating basis

  • Eastside Tent City encampments- Camp Unity and TC 4

Provide hot meals and conversations to Eastside Tent City residents on an ongoing basis

Monthly Hot meals to this women’s shelter

Homeless feeding programs including serving Thanksgiving day meals

Financial help. Providing clothing and food for families in MHS provided housing