“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Unknown

Recently, I had the privilege of visiting the Salaam Food Pantry as part of Project Jatropha’s humanitarian efforts. I met the founder, Mr. Irfan, and the young volunteer, Mr. Sufeyan. I was truly inspired by their dedication to helping those in need. The Salaam Food Pantry was established in 2016 with a mission to support vulnerable members of the Bay Area community, including veterans, single parents, and families struggling to make ends meet. Since its launch, the organization has made a deep impact by demonstrating the power of community support. Their goal is to provide essential food items to those who need them the most. To achieve this, they rely on donations of staple foods like:

  • Basmati or Sella rice (any size is acceptable)
  • Low sugary cereal boxes (for children)
  • Oatmeal (for adults)
  • Pasta (any type)
  • Dry Lentils (any type)
  • Soup (preferably non-meat)
  • Canned food (vegetables, fruits, beans, tuna)
  • Protein bars or granola bars
  • Mayonnaise and Ketchup (small size bottles)

The Salaam Food Pantry currently distributes food on a monthly basis, but they aim to increase this to weekly distributions and encourage other organizations to follow their lead. It was an honor meeting with Mr. Irfan and learning about the remarkable work of the Salaam Food Pantry. Their commitment to supporting those in need is truly inspiring, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of it.