FICRT Foundation distributes eight tons of food to vulnerable families

During the month of May, the fields of our landscapes are dressed in spring every year after the end of winter. However, the hope symbolized by spring does not reach all areas of our society in the same way. Unfortunately, some families are living in a situation of severe socioeconomic vulnerability that has been increased by the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, the Foundation for Islamic Culture and Religious Tolerance wanted to contribute its grain of sand and make this spring 2021 a spring of solidarity and hope, delivering nearly 8 tons of food to households in fragile situations.

Since its creation, FICRT has been aware that one of the best ways to promote tolerance is through solidarity. We believe in a tolerance that is based on the importance of helping others, responsible and aware of everything that happens to each and every one of the people who make up our society and, therefore, during the month of May 2020 we launched our first solidarity action of food distribution.
The trucks, filled with the 2,000 boxes of our solidarity food distribution campaign, crossed the roads of a country that was confined, but where different families were still living in socioeconomic fragility, some for the first time. That year, marked by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, FICRT redoubled its efforts and distributed more than eight tons of food, which was distributed through local Spanish associations to the families most in need at that time.

During the month of May 2021, we wanted to once again bring the hope and solidarity of FICRT to the most needy Spanish homes. Three Spanish cities, Madrid, Cordoba and Granada, have become the destinations to which different trucks, once again filled with FICRT food boxes, have headed.

Our solidarity caravan arrived on May 25 to different institutions in the city of Granada, such as the Shaykh Zayed bin Soltan al-Nahyaan Mosque. In the San Rafael Hospitalalso located in the capital of Granada, disembarked more than 650 kilos of food, which were collected by the various workers and volunteers of the Obra Social de San Juan de Dioswhich served more than 8,900 people through its Social Emergency and Food Guarantee Program during 2020.

In the words of Inés Riera, head of the San Rafael Hospital, “the generosity of entities such as the Foundation for Islamic Culture and Religious Tolerance makes the spirit of solidarity continue to gain momentum and that from San Juan de Dios we can continue to collaborate with such generous entities to ensure the welfare of those who need us.”.

It was this same spirit of solidarity that led us the next day, May 26, to the city of Cordoba, where the FICRT delivered nearly two tons of food to the “Medina Azahara” Food Bank of Cordoba. From this institution, and through a multitude of local associations, food is distributed to vulnerable families in Cordoba. “All of the Bank’s activities would not be possible without the generosity of entities such as FIRCT,” said Bank Director Carlos Eslava, as the FICRT food boxes were unloaded.

The last stop of our food distribution campaign took place on May 27 in Madrid, the capital city where our Foundation’s headquarters are located. Nearly 2,600 kilograms of food were distributed among institutions of various religious denominations such as the San Juan del Castillo Foundation and Pueblos Unidos -through the Parish of San Ignacio de Loyola-, the Bread and Fish Foundation and the Islamic Community of Leganés. Solidarity, like tolerance, does not understand skin color, religion or different cultures, it only sees people like the 2,500 people that the Bread and Fish Foundation has helped to build the Bread and Fish Foundation. “gets to deliver a cart with food, cleaning and personal hygiene products.” every month thanks to initiatives such as that of the Foundation for Islamic Culture and Religious Tolerance, as indicated by Rocío Redondo DelgadoDirector of the Bread and Fish Foundation.