FRIDAY are APPOINTMENTS ONLY in the morning. TRHIFT STORE AND FOOD PANTRY are close on Friday FOOD PANTRY: every 3RD THURSDAY of every MONTH including the 3RD SATURDAY of every month in the morning(starting in April)
Muslim Social Services
We are asking those in our community if they can possibly donate any Lysol sprays they may have, or disinfecting wipes, or hand sanitizer. As many of you may know we operate the Seeds of Paradise Food Pantry, and we see at least 200-250 families per week right now. We are a small staff of two employees running the pantry with 1 or 2 volunteers at a time. We are trying to take preventative measures to stay safe for ourselves, our families and our clients. But we need your help with these items. If you are able to help please call us at 407-250-5822, or drop them off at 1460 N.Goldenrod Rd. Suite 105 Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm.
Jazak Allah khair.
Another Successful Mobile Food distribution Project brought to you by the Muslim Social Services on April 16th in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida @feedhopenow and the Orange County Sheriff's Office at the Islamic Society of Central Florida (ISCF)
Br Jose from MSS preparing the volunteers for another food distribution project on April 16th with our partners at Second Harvest Food Bank @feedhopenow Masjid Al Rahman @myiscf
Today Muslim Social Services/Seeds of Paradise Food Pantry in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank held a mobile food drop at Masjid Al Rahman on Goldenrod. We would like to thank all of the volunteers who came out to help those in need, even while in the rain. We greatly appreciate their help. With Ramadan coming soon, it is now an opportunity to receive ajr while helping MSS further help those in need. Please donate to MSS and help us to provide food for those who are struggling and will probably continue to struggle until this pandemic is over InshaAllah. Jazak Allah khair
Economic Self-Sufficiency (ACCESS)
Online Purchasing Pilot FAQs
1. Which retailers will be accepting SNAP payments online? How will I know when more retailers join the online purchasing pilot?
Starting April 21, customers statewide may use SNAP benefits to purchase groceries online through Walmart and Amazon. Additionally, at all Walmart locations in Florida, customers may pick up the groceries they ordered online with their SNAP benefits.
More retailers may join the online purchasing pilot as it progresses. Updates and other important information will be shared with all SNAP benefit recipients as soon as it is available.
2. How will I know if these retailers can deliver to my home? Can SNAP be used to pay for delivery?
To determine if grocery delivery is available for your location, please visit the retailers’ websites. The available delivery zip codes indicate where retailers are able to provide their full line of groceries, including perishable items.
Please note, the use of EBT cards for the purchase of groceries is restricted for approved grocery items only and cannot be used for delivery fees.
3. Is using my EBT card online secure?
The use of your EBT card online will still require your unique personal identification number (PIN). All retailers participating in the online purchasing pilot are using compliant methods of encrypted-PIN entry to ensure secure transactions.
4. How do I order groceries using the online program?
For assistance with placing an order online using an EBT card at Walmart, please click here.https://wmt-grocery.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1848/session/L3RpbWUvMTU4NjE5ODUwNi9zaWQvZlVUeENOQUVxbjJFd2Iza2JVOU1ha3RDblRmSXRVM1VkaFY2QkRObV93cFJXbjFabUJlN1BGYXJ0cHBreEtkTGdZWjVWNkROT20zYV95OFRVWnQlN0VxWFpfb2NBTU9XZ3EyVHlGVUw3Zkh3U0xUaHg3czFiVlN0ZHclMjElMjE=
For assistance with placing an order online using an EBT card at Amazon, please click here.https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=20234203011
For Immediate Release: April 14, 2020
USDA Approves Florida’s Request to Launch Online Grocery Purchase Pilot Program
Florida’s SNAP recipients will now be able to use EBT cards to make eligible food purchases. A pilot program will launch in Tallahassee on April 16 expanding statewide on April 20.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced Florida will pilot a program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to purchase groceries online with the use of an EBT card. SNAP participants are automatically eligible to participate in this program and do not need to apply.
“Removing barriers and enhancing access to critical services, while supporting Florida's infrastructure, remains a top priority for this agency, " said DCF Secretary Chad Poppell. “I commend Governor DeSantis for taking yet another proactive action to equip Florida families with resources, while keeping their health and safety at the forefront. This is an innovative, common sense efficiency that will strengthen our families during this time of uncertainty."
This partnership with federal, state, and local partners will ensure Floridians can access nutritious food while also practicing social distancing and self-quarantining to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The pilot program in Florida will begin with an initial launch on April 16, 2020.
“Fidelity Information Systems (FIS) commends Florida for responding to its customer’s needs in a quick and efficient manner,” said Florida’s EBT vendor FIS, Jim Johnson, EVP of Payments and Wealth. “We have been working diligently with the state to ensure our customers have consistent and timely access to their benefits during this pivotal time and look forward to the successful implementation of this pilot.”
Walmart will initially launch a pilot at all five Tallahassee locations on April 16. On April 21, both Walmart and Amazon online purchasing will be available statewide. DCF will continue to coordinate with the USDA and the Florida Retail Federation to expand the network of retailers participating in the pilot program.
“Customers rely on us to help put food on their tables and our Pickup and Delivery options are playing a more important role than ever in helping them do that,” said Beverly Cole, Senior Director, Payment Acceptance with Walmart. “Making these services available to more and more customers, no matter how they pay is a critical step in the right direction. More than 250 of our stores in Florida have pickup options and we’ll be ready to serve customers using SNAP no matter how they shop with us.”
“Amazon remains committed to making food accessible through online shopping, offering all customers access to low prices, selection, and convenience,” said Kristina Herrmann, Director of Underserved Populations at Amazon. “This is especially important as millions of Americans are being encouraged to stay at home. We continue to work closely with state officials and the USDA as the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot grows to expand our capabilities in supporting under-served customers.”
“This program comes at a critical time as Florida encourages preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Florida Retail Federation Vice President and General Counsel Lorena Holley. “The Florida Retail Federation appreciates DCF’s commitment to utilizing technology and removing bureaucracy to ensure Florida businesses can provide the services needed to Florida families.”
Walmart already accepts SNAP benefits at all its brick and mortar locations in the United States. Customers will be able to use their EBT cards and opt for curbside pick-up. Utilization of food assistance benefits remains limited to the purchasing of eligible grocery items and cannot be used to pay for delivery services.
For more information about the online purchasing pilot, please visit: https://myflfamilies.com/covid19/access.shtml.
Muslim Social Services is in need of the following food items: Flour, Oil, Sugar, lentils, and Dates.
Every year we help many families in our community with Ramadan Care Packages. We have quite of few items in stock, however these are the items we are still in need of. If you are able to provide at least one of these items it would be greatly appreciated. We know times are difficult right now, and we are doing our best to help those in need of food, but we are asking members of our community to please help with these last four items. Jazak Allah khair.
MSS hours of operation:Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 3pm. 1460 N. Goldenrod Rd. 407-250-5822
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A BIG thank you to all the staff and volunteers of the Muslim Social Services who showcased the Islamic spirit of service this week. Organizing another successful Mobile Food Distribution at ISCF Masjid Al Rahman. Want to be part of the campaign? Support us with your generous donation so we can help those who need our help. Donate Today: https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/1381b976-2c6d-40dd-8be0-0bb8996b14fa. Your $20 donation goes a long way.
Another Free Food Distribution project this month. ISCF Muslim Social Services partnered with the Arab American Community Center at Masjid Al Rahim to provide food for needy families in the Pine Hills Area in response to the Corona Pandemic. Respond with good instead of fear. Join the MSS Team and support those in need. Volunteer or Donate. www.ISCF.org
Seeds of Paradise Food Pantry would like to give a big Thank You to Publix (store # 1295) in Oviedo for helping us keep our food pantry going. They generously donate their bakery goods every weekend to us. A special thank you to Sharon, who initially reached out to us, and has helped make it possible for our clients to receive delicious Publix bread and pastries. We are seeing an increase in demand for food assistance, and every little bit helps.
Thank you to all the dedicated ISCF staff, Muslim Social Services volunteers and community members who supported this month’s mobile food distribution at the campus of Masjid Al-Rahman to help families in need through the coronavirus response. Serviced over 400 families and distributed 22 pallets of food from our partners at Second Harvest Food Bank. In addition, providing essential information on emergency preparedness from Homeland Security and reminding guests about filling out their Census2020forms. All together, a great day of service during this break, instead of going to the beach.
Seeds of Paradise Food Pantry will be closed Wednesday, March 18th through Saturday, March 21st due to the Mobile Drop we will be having on the 18th at 1089 N. Goldenrod Rd. From 11am to 2pm
***MUSLIM SOCIAL SERVICES NEEDS VOLUNTEERS***
Saturday, March 7th from 10am to 1pm. 1460 N. Goldenrod Rd. We need brothers and sisters who can be good at making money, not afraid to be firm, and make good judgment calls on pricing items. Please contact sister Diana at (407) 250-5822 if you’d like to help. Jazakallah khairan
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