Alhamdulillah was-salatu was-salaamu 'ala rasoolillah. All thanks and praise is to ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, and we ask that HIS blessings and peace be upon HIS Messenger, Muhammad, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam.
SABEEL FOOD PANTRY
The IFANCA sponsored Sabeel Food Pantry started up in October 2002, distributing food and dinners to the indigent and needy. The Mission was simple, to reach out to those individuals and families who are in need of assistance and to help supplement their necessities by providing nutritious food and other consumables.
The concept was also simple. IFANCA is involved in certification of food and consumable products. There are many needy people in the neighborhoods of the Chicago metropolitan community. IFANCA would sponsor the Pantry and pay all the operating expenses. All donations of food or cash would be used to help the needy. That is right, 100% of all donations will be used to buy the food and the necessities.
The following Objectives were established:
To collect cash donations and donations of food and other consumables from the food companies, merchants and the community.
To distribute food and other consumables to the individuals and families in the indigent communities of the Chicago metropolitan area, with the intention to expand operations to cover the entire United States.
To use any cash donations to purchase food and necessary items for distribution.
This is to be done with quality and caring and resources are to be shared equitably. Sabeel Food Pantry offers a dignified service to the community.
The initial activities included:
Serving Iftar meals to the homeless during Ramadan 2002
Distributing food packets to needy families during Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha
Coordinating events with other organizations to feed needy children
Arranging grocery packets for indigent families with the support of community leaders
IFANCA is pleased to report that on September 8, 2003, Sabeel Food Pantry center was opened at 3031 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618. The new pantry operates every Monday (excluding holidays) from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Needy families or individuals can stop by and receive bread, canned and non-perishable food and other consumable items. Donors who wish to donate food supplies can also bring them to the Pantry at that time.
We are pleased with the food donations made by the food companies and the generous contributions of the community. We encourage all food companies and individuals to continue to donate generously. Everyone deserves a nutritious meal and IFANCA wants to see that everyone gets one. All donations are tax deductible.
For more information, contact Sabeel Food Pantry, c/o IFANCA, 5901 N. Cicero Ave, Suite 309, Chicago, IL 60649 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get into the Ramadan spirit early by making a donation to the Sabeel Food Pantry. To make a donation contact Quadir Latifi at (773) 283-3708 extension 230 or send a check or money order payable to IFANCA/Pantry. Also, please consider giving your time to the Pantry. We can use volunteers to pick up donations, deliver food packs and to work at the Pantry and distribution centers.
The International Pepper Community (IPC), a consortium of pepper exporting countries, is looking at establishing quality standards for pepper. Increased supplies and slack demand has resulted in lower prices. The major exporters are Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, Thailand and Sri Lanka. (Vietnam is not part of IPC.) (Reported on www.nutraingredients.com on September 4, 2003.)
New reasearch indicates that chemicals in liquorice may have an effect on testosterone levels. The findings by a research team from Iran were reported at the British Pharamceutical Conference. Liquorice root extract is used as a remedy for gastrointestinal disorders. (Reported on www.nutraingredients.com on September 18, 2003.)
Japanese clothing manufacturers are adding supplements to their clothing. Amino acids, vitamins and other supplements are being added to clothing to regenerate the skin or help keep the wearer cool. This provides another gorwth area for supplement manufacturers. Fortified clothing. What will come next! (Reported on www.nutraingredients.com on September 12, 2003.)
Comparative trials of goat and cow milk indicate goat milk is closer to human milk and is easier to digest. (Reported on www.foodingredientsfirst.com on September 11, 2003.)
Vitamin C is a strong reducing agent. As an antioxidant, it prevents some of the damaging effects of free radicals. It is also involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters and helps in the absorption of iron. Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid.
The major sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, kidneys and liver. Vitamin C is readily oxidized and is lost during cooking. There are also many dietary supplements containing vitamin C.
A safe upper limit for vitamin C has not been established. However, doses greater than 1000 milligrams per day may affect the gastrointestinal system. There is little chance of taking too much vitamin C from food alone.
Vitamin C deficiency leads to scurvy. Symptoms of vitamin C deficiency include fatigue, weakness, aching muscles and joints, anemia, bleeding gums and delayed wound healing.
Too much vitamin C can cause gastrointestinal discomfort, but requires taking high doses of vitamin C over a short time period. It has also been claimed vitamin C may contribute to renal stones.
There are some claims that vitamin C protects against the common cold and others suggest it has beneficial effects on cancer, vascular disease, diabetes, asthma and arthritis.
As always, it is best to eat a balanced diet and to exercise regularly. And if you suspect a health problem, consult with a physician.
This information was extracted from the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals at www.foodstandards.gov.uk.