Assalamu Alaikum Dear Muslim Community Members and Ramadan Mubarak
We hope that everyone has
continued to be safe and healthy and remained positive to work
together to get through this challenging and unique time.
The leaders of the Muslim
Community have united together to get this message out to you
regarding the general guidelines to counter the spreading of COVID-19
during the holy month of Ramadan and beyond.
As many of you have learned
that Governor Evers has extended the Safe-At-Home orders through May
Consistent with these orders we are proud and appreciative of our
community’s commitment to these guidelines. Your role and our role
to prevent the spread of disease is both a religious and a civil
responsibility and the only way to achieve that is through
collaboration and coordination. We would like to remind you that our
faith clearly mandates that preservation of life must take precedence
over religious services.
Towards that end, we agreed to
will continue our policy to keep the Masajid closed to all
will suspend group prayers, group iftars and other Ramadan
We urge you to adhere to the
social distancing guidelines and the Stay-At-Home rules and orders.
We also urge you to keep your interaction with your household
members only. No iftar invitations and no gatherings at home with
respective Masjid will use virtual learning and online donation
facilities and contact you through phone and internet.
expect to resume services when the order is lifted, and we will
update you accordingly.
We ask Allah (SW) to lift this
pandemic from his servants and from all of humanity. Amen.
Akwan Abdiwahid Said Arab Ibrahim Saeed
FOOD ACCESS RESOURCES and ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Food Distribution and Ramadan Food Packages
Islamic Center of Madison (21
N Orchard Street, Madison, WI 53715).
For more information call or text the Center’s phone number (608)
251-9851. This is a
curbside pickup or doorstep delivery service.
with limited or no income can dial
2-1-1 from any
phone to identify the nearby emergency food options. Most food
pantries in Dane County have now switched to curbside or drive-thru
pickup to minimize points of contact between volunteers, staff, and
Assistance Programs –Food Share and WIC
with limited means may qualify for supplemental nutrition assistance
from the federal government. These programs will provide benefits
that can be spent like cash at grocery retailers. The
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, known as FoodShare
in Wisconsin) benefits can be applied for at
Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits for pregnant or postpartum women
and children under age 5 can be applied for at
and Grocery Delivery SNAP/FoodShare benefits on an Electronic
Benefits Transfer(EBT) card cannot be processed online, so the
availability of services to accept benefits during the transaction
will vary. The following grocers have confirmed that they provide
options for FoodShare participants to use online delivery:Fresh
benefits cannot be used to pay for the delivery fees a shopper may
incur. These fees will need to be paid using either a debit or credit
card. WIC benefits are not able to be used for delivered products at
a proxy or secondary user to your FoodShare account.
that are unable to access grocery outlets to use their FoodShare
benefits have the ability to have someone shop for them by adding an
Authorized Buyer or Alternate Payee to their account. An Authorized
Buyer is added to a Foodshare account and both parties receive EBT
cards for the same account. An Alternate Payee receives a card on
behalf of the account holder.
users can request an authorized buyer or alternate payee be added to
their account by completing the following form:Add
or Remove an Authorized Buyer or Alternate Payee for FoodShare.
Benefits Available in English, Hmong, Spanish, and Russian.
the form is received and entered by Dane County Department of Human
Services, the card issuing agency will send the card to the
appropriate individuals. This process may take 5-7 days. It is
important to know that any cards issued remain active unless the
client contacts the Dane County Department of Human Services and
completes and submits the form to remove the client. It also remains
active if the case closes and the client reapplies in the future.
Coronavirus SNAP benefits
part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the federal
government has authorized additional SNAP/FoodShare benefits be
issued to some families .If you are receiving less than the maximum
SNAP benefit for your household, your benefits will be increased to
the maximum for your household size in March and April. If you
already receive the maximum benefit, you will not receive additional
RESOURCES DURING COVID-19
of Madison – Food Resources Webpage
information on different community resources to connect with food and
meal sites (and other resources through 211)