Project Food Boost helps families in need in Herndon area.

For the tenth year in a row, the Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help (FAITH) in Herndon is organizing a food distribution event to correspond with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Until now, the annual event has been known as “Herndon Without Hunger,” but FAITH PR Coordinator Saman Quraesh explained that going forward the food share would be called “Project Food Boost.”

“This is more in keeping with our goals,” said Quraesh. “For one thing, we are here to help anyone in need, so we didn’t want our name to make people outside of Herndon feel like they couldn’t get assistance from us. Secondly, the mission of FAITH is to provide assistance, support and resources to give those we serve a ‘boost’ out of poverty. Project Food Boost tells it like it is.”

THE FIRST OF THE FIVE distributions for the 2014 campaign was held on June 26, with dignitaries like Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel on hand to lend support to the Opening Ceremony and to add her thanks and appreciation to the organization and the staff and volunteers who make it possible. Herndon High School, at 700 Bennett Street, provides the venue. Fundraising Coordinator Somayyah Ghariani reported that following the private ceremony and remarks, more than 300 persons were served when the doors to the public were opened. With the numbers attending climbing each year, “It’s a good thing we can use the high school’s cafeteria,” Ghariani added. “I don’t think we could fit at the library, one of our early distribution sites, anymore.”

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