Monthly Soup Kitchens

Monthly Soup Kitchens

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Areas of Need

  • People and Facilities
    • Help find possible facilities to deliver/serve at
    • Help find Muslim families/people in the area to deliver to – If possible – Would require more drivers.
    • Help accumulate a list of facilities with their various limitations
    • Update directory.
    • Confirm locations and dates for project events
    • Set up a base at different locations and deliver from there as well as serve every month.
    • Board of Directors that have experience in directing non-profit organizations.
    • Need more volunteers for administrative needs
  • Shopping
    • Complete necessary shopping for SKs (i.e. groceries, meat, supplies)
    • Assure that the food gets to the assigned cooks after shopping is completed. Usually done the week before soup kitchen is held Cooks pick it up from local Masjid. Or they can arrange a better time that works for them.
    • If unable to pick up, then a Volunteer drops it off at their house.
    • Saturday Morning – Cooks drop off food the site, or get it picked up by a volunteer
    • Keep track of inventory of non-perishable MSKP item we have in the local masjids.
    • Sign up for tax exemption at all places we shop at.
  • Cooking
    • Give advice on quantity and quality of food needed
    • Make monthly shopping list for the shopper.
    • Make up menus 1 year in advance, different menus are used to switch it up.
    • Keep a database of cooks
    • Make sure cooks that can’t drive have someone to pick up their food on Soup kitchen day and bring to facility.
  • Publicity
    • Make announcements at the masjid, during jumuah, various duroos, and schools of MSKP events
    • Make flyers
    • Keep website, Facebook, and twitter etc. updated.
    • Post flyers at masjids, Muslim Stores, restaurants, at special events and non-Muslim businesses as well (DAWAH Opportunity)
    • Place banner at sites where soup kitchen is being held.
    • Monthly Newsletter.
    • Post acknowledge and “thank you” to all donors, volunteers, facilities.
  • Mapping Driving
    • Take names and addresses (given the drivers and capacity of the cars) and map based on location
    • Organize Map based on distance so it is easy for Drivers. MapQuest is used,
    • Keep database of drivers.
    • Print driving directions for mobile soup kitchen and to facilities
    • Assign drivers and make sure they pick up food from the cooks on the day of soup kitchen
  • Coordinating Volunteers
    • General awareness of Soup Kitchen project
      • Fliers Pamphlets
    • Spreading the word about each soup kitchen
    • Post fliers at Masjid’s, Muslim Stores, Facebook, Make Informational Posters
    • Approaching by word of mouth
    • Community Service hours – MSA’s should make a Mandatory Voluntary community service hour in order to be members
    • Update MSKP directory monthly.
  • Dawah
    • Order Pamphlets and Qur’an translations
    • Making Stickers to put on Styrofoam packets for Labeling and Sustainability purposes
    • Make a Revert Muslim Kit
    • Invite non-Muslims to volunteer and be part of MSKP.
    • Ask donation from non-m\Muslim businesses.
    • Invite facility managements and other non-Muslims to attend our Yearly MSKP fundraiser.
    • Community Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
  • Finance
    • To get started, get donations from Individuals, $200 + is needed to have a Soup Kitchen per month to serve 150 + meals
    • Keep track of all money received and spent. Ex. QuickBooks/spreadsheet
    • Monthly fill out forms to participating masjids so they can refund money spent monthly by MSKP.
  • Donations
    • Write letters and contact businesses, Masjids, and individuals for donations.
    • Keep a database of the donors and send thank you cards/letters.
    • Have continues and consistent fundraisers. Ex. Bake sales, annual MSKP fundraiser.
  • Website Administration – When website in use, document how to take care of website

 


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