On Saturday, June 18, officers from 42 Division assisted volunteers from the Muslim Welfare Centre of Toronto at 100 McLevin Avenue with their Project Ramadan – Food Basket Build.
Established in 2009, Project Ramadan fundraises, assembles and distributes baskets containing staple food items that help recipients - regardless of race, nationality or ethnicity - create healthy, balanced meals during the holy month of Ramadan. They have created more than 7,500 baskets over the years and had a goal of 4,000 baskets this year alone. Several basket-building events across the city have been scheduled over the next month.
During this period of Ramadan, those of the Muslim faith are fasting from dawn until dusk. Giving back to the community is another way to mark the importance of the month. There were over 100 volunteers who attended and despite the heat and sun they were able to put together over 500 baskets. Each basket consists of two bags full of groceries that are then distributed to food banks across the GTA.
The officers from 42 Division were right in there helping out and by the end of the day had developed many friendships.