Bay Area Muslims Take on Hunger in Ramadan


Despite all the advances of modernity, hunger is still widespread in the world. Eleven percent of the world’s population, a total of 830 million people, suffer from hunger. Although the U.S. is among the most affluent countries on the planet, the hunger rate here is actually higher than the world rate at 12.7% — a total of 41.5 million people suffering from hunger. And in California, despite having the 5th-largest economy in the world, the hunger rate is still higher than the global average, at 12.3%, or almost five million people out of a total state population of nearly 40 million.

In Islam, as in all religions, there are numerous scriptural injunctions about the importance of feeding the hungry. Most famous among them is the prophetic saying,
“He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while his neighbor goes hungry.”

In recognition of the need for raising public awareness about hunger in the region and the nation, Bay Area Muslim communities along with People Acting in Community Together (PACT) and other interfaith allies will be addressing the issue of hunger during Ramadan (May 16th through June 14th) in the following ways:

We look forward to working together on this important and timely campaign. For more information about how you can participate, write to [email protected].

Participating Organizations

The following organizations are participating in the campaign this Ramadan. We have listed events below in order of the dates of their public interfaith iftar (breaking of the fast) dinners. In the case of the Rahima Foundation, the event is “Human Dignity Day.”

  1. Pacifica Sunnyvale:
  2. Pacifica San Francisco:
  3. Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland:
  4. San Ramon Valley Islamic Center:
  5. Pacifica Sunnyvale:
  6. Yaseen Burlingame Center:
  7. Shia Association of Bay Area in San Jose:
    • Interfaith Iftar – Saturday, June 2nd, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    • RSVP: [email protected] or 408-896-6659
  8. Rahima Foundation:
  9. Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara:
  10. Evergreen Islamic Center:
    • Interfaith Iftar – Saturday, June 2nd (by invitation only)
  11. South Bay Islamic Association in San Jose:
    • Interfaith Iftar at the Harris Way mosque – Sunday, June 3rd
    • RSVP here: [email protected] or 408-802-4705
  12. MCC in Pleasanton:
  13. West Valley Muslim Association in Saratoga
    • Interfaith Iftar– Sunday, June 3rd
    • Saratoga Prospect Center, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM (guests by invitation only)
  14. Pacifica Berkeley:
  15. Pacifica San Jose:
  16. American Muslim Voice Palo Alto:

Past Events: