Food Banks Welcome Generous Gifts of Meat on Eid al-Adha

January 11, 2006

Source: The Miami Herald

Wire Service: AP

On January 11, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "In the prepackaged, boxed and canned world of American food banks, fresh meat is a luxury. But what to do when two and a half tons come at once? 'Take it,' Amy Gabala says happily. Her Washington, D.C.-area Manna Food Center is used to generous holiday giving. But the annual Islamic feast of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, on Tuesday brought a gift she's never seen: 'such an extraordinary amount of meat.' Increasingly, American food banks are being presented with chunks of freshly slaughtered goat, lamb and cow as Muslims bring a key religious obligation to a wider audience... Each Muslim family is encouraged to sacrifice an animal and split it in three - one-third for the needy, one-third for friends and family and one-third for themselves... Ahmed Kobeisy, the director of the Islamic Center of the Capital District in Albany, N.Y., says the center this year is encouraging members to donate meat to non-Muslims and food banks as well."