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.
Jamaat Ibad Ar-Rahman (3034 Fayetteville St) offers Qur’an and Islamic Studies Classes for Revert Muslims* on Fridays from 8:30–9:30pm. Men and women, including young people age 14+, are invited to attend classes led by Imam Dr Ehteshanal Haque Alig and to learn the Arabic alphabet, basic Arabic words, phrases, and punctuation; to start reciting the Qur’an; to learn Islamic guidelines and prayers, and more. Click here to fill out the form and to indicate whether you already know some Arabic and also whether you’re already familiar with the Qur’an.
* People converting to Islam are called “revert Muslims” because it’s generally believed that everyone is born a Muslim even if they don’t practice the faith. Current Muslims who want to improve their reading and pronunciation skills are also encouraged to attend.
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).
White Rock Baptist Church (3400 Fayetteville St) will have their monthly Community Food Distribution on Saturday, September 11, 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, September 11, 2–4pm. Click here to view the events at both locations (the Parkwood masjid is at 5122 Revere Rd).
Multimedia artist and educator Alison Kysia will present 99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project on Wednesday, September 15, noon–1pm. This virtual event will explore the stories of Muslim women healing from bigotry that arose (and in many cases continued) after 9/11. The stories will be accompanied by visual art, recitation, and poetry, which will all culminate in a website that will serve as an educational resource, source for healing, and archive. This free event is cosponsored by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, the Duke Islamic Center, and Duke’s John Hope Franklin Center. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and be sure to click on the “Join Event” button on the right-hand side at noon.
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.
Here’s the August lineup for the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse’s free music concert series. This Christian-music venue is located at 2700 N Roxboro Rd, at St Paul United Methodist Church, and donations are always graciously accepted. Call 919-220-2458 or visit the website to view the full schedule:
As part of their Sunday church service, Keystone RDU (2500 Acadia St) will host First Responder Appreciation Day on September 12, 10am. Each first responder will be recognized during the service and he or she and their family will be treated to lunch afterwards. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to let Keystone RDU know that you will be attending.
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:
Here’s where you can get some groceries:
Here’s where you can get a hot meal:
Here’s where you can go if you need emergency shelter:
And here are all kinds of services offered to people in need: