Hezbollah launched today a large kitchen providing vegetables, fruits and meals for 700 families. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Mustafa Khuraizat and his fellow volunteers from Hezbollah's reserves hurried to fold cardboard boxes.The 18-year-old volunteer helps cook meals, package them in boxes and deliver them to some 700 local families receiving food aid through the "Table of Imam Zain al-Abidin," a kitchen and food distribution project set up by Hezbollah to provide for the needy during Ramadan.Sheikh Abbas Harakeh, the Hezbollah official in charge of the program, said that 700 families were identified and earmarked for assistance.Hezbollah volunteers prepare 2,100 meals a day that include rice, vegetables, salads and sweets and deliver them to the families.Harakeh said that this year district committees have been set up to seek out wealthier individuals in the neighborhoods and convince them to donate to the poorer families.Harakeh said the project's aim is to show a different facet of Islam – the essence of which is caring for the needy and serving people, something obscured by rising extremism.
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