The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) announces their participation in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program. Locally, this program is run under the Durham Health and Human Services through their Child and Adult Care Food Program. Free snacks and meals will be distributed on weekday afternoons to people in need from 3 to 6pm. Grocery giveaways are held on Tuesdays at 12:30pm; be sure to sign in by noon. Contact Marcia Hargrove at email@example.com for more info. Please note that you won’t be served if you’re not wearing a face mask.
The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Fridays, where people in need can receive help from 1:30 to 3pm every Friday. You can get some canned goods, meats, drinks, snacks, hygiene items, and even pet food. Be sure to take a copy of your apartment/home lease agreement and a current photo ID; they advise that you take a strong bag as well. Call 919-688-7306 for more info.
Volunteers are needed to help sort, package, and dispense items on Free Food Fridays. If you’re available on Fridays from 7:30 to 11:30am, click here for more info.
King’s Park International Church (1305 Odyssey Dr) will host its Food Pantry & Clothing Closet on Wednesdays from 5 to 6pm. The House of Mercy Food Pantry and Clothing Closet will give away fresh, frozen, and canned foods and gently used clothing to individuals and families in need. Click here for more info.
Judea Reform’s Saturday morning Torah Study sessions will start at 9am. You can watch and participate from the website or Judea Reform’s Facebook page. If you plan to join the study sessions via Zoom, please register first by writing to Lois Price at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Click here to attend via Zoom).
A free Arabic Course for English-Speakers will be held on Saturdays, 6:15–7:15pm, and will be led by Imam Ehteshamul Haque Alig from Jamaat Ibad Ar-Rahman. (The course was originally offered by Madinah Islamic University.) Click here to register for this free online course; write to email@example.com if you have any questions.
RNS Sports will be hosting a catered breakfast, Durham’s Breakfast of Hope, for homeless, displaced, and underprivileged families at Cresset Christian Academy (3707 Garrett Rd) on Saturday, April 3, 10am–noon. If you need transportation, let them know; Call 202-617-1420 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, and if you’re available to volunteer, send an email to see what they need.
The Immanuel Baptist Church (3610 Hillandale Rd) will host an Easter Celebration & Great Giveaway on Saturday, April 3, 10am–2pm. Families in need are invited to enjoy a free hotdog lunch, followed by crafts, bounce houses, an Easter video, and music for the kids. Clothing, toys, home decor, and furniture will be given to families that need them. Face masks must be worn and social distancing will be observed. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.
Duke Chapel Reads will feature Dean Luke A Powery as he hosts a discussion of the book “Jesus and the Disinherited” with its author, Howard Thurman, on Tuesday, April 6, 7–8pm. This book, which “offers a spirituality of true resistance and reconciliation centered on the love of Jesus” (quoting Dean Powery), helped sustain and guide the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr during tough times. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to register and attend this free Zoom event.
Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center will host a talk, Black Muslims and the World: The Ideological Eclecticism of Black American Sunni Islam, on Wednesday, April 7, noon. Dr Rasul Miller, history professor at the University of California–Irvine and Dr Youssef Carter, religious studies professor at UNCarolina–Chapel Hill will discuss the varied intellectual, ideological, and political contributions of black American Sunni Muslims, including ideals from pan-Africanism, pan-Islamism, Nasserism, and African Sufism. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to register and attend this free Zoom event.
White Rock Baptist Church (3400 Fayetteville St) will have their monthly Community Food Distribution on Saturday, April 10, 11am–1pm. Drive up on the Fisher Development side of the church. Click here for more info
ICNA Relief and Jamaat Ibad Ar-Rahman are cosponsoring a drive-through Neighborhood Food Pantry Giveaway in the parking lot of the 3034 Fayetteville St masjid on Saturday, April 10, 2–4pm. Click here to view the events at both locations (the Parkwood masjid is at 5122 Revere Rd).
Various houses of worship provide groceries at no charge for people in need, and Durham Congregations in Action has a calendar showing where you can go to get help. Just click on the buttons below:
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