Wishing meal recipients and our neighbors a blessed Ramadan

Chef with Halal meal

This week, many of our Muslim neighbors began celebrating Ramadan. Those observing Ramadan fast during the daylight hours throughout the month. Once the sun sets, the fast can be broken for the evening meal, or iftar, a time of shared prayer and reflection.

Falling on the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Ramadan began March 10 and is projected to end April 9 with the sighting of the Cresent Moon. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is a time of celebration, meals and conversation with family and friends.

Celebrating Ramadan with meal recipients

With the help of our partner, Al-Maa’uun, Halal meals are available to Meals on Wheels recipients throughout the Twin Cities. Halal meals contain food that is permitted to be eaten by those following Islamic teachings.

Some recipients are receiving meals later in the day during Ramadan. Twin Cities Meals on Wheels programs are also providing packages of dates, a traditional food for breaking the fast at sundown, in recognition of the celebration.

Older adults and people with disabilities interested in receiving Halal meals from Meals on Wheels can note when enrolling online that they’d like to Halal meals or give us a call at 612-623-3363 to get started. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Ramadan in the Twin Cities, Meet Minneapolis has a list of activities happening this month. We wish a blessed Ramadan to all our neighbors who are observing it!

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