Last month, Project READ partnered with Bay Area community organization, the Tayba Foundation during Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims worldwide. Tayba Foundation, a distance-learning program for incarcerated Muslims, and the San Ramon Valley Islamic Center, selected Project READ as a recipient of the “Regional Ramadan and COVID-19 Care Package Initiative.” Due to this support, Project READ was able to augment our weekly food distribution to our families with donated items that included masks and bulk pantry staples for families: cooking oil, sugar, pasta, beans, lentils, canned tomatoes, dates, flour, tahini, tea and cookies.
Since the COVID-19 mandated closure of Project READ on March 16,
2020, Project READ staff have been facilitating a weekly drive-thru food distribution in partnership with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. On average, 65 Project READ families participate each week. Contributions from the care package initiative have helped us to distribute over 2,000 bags of groceries to more than 375 individuals residing in 93 Redwood City households. Despite our separation and distance, this generosity continues to reach the homes, hearts, and lives of so many, and we are grateful.
Thank you, Tayba Foundation and the San Ramon Valley Islamic Center for helping support Project READ families during this healthcare crisis. We look forward to opportunities for future collaboration.