Project Ramadan Buffalo started building and collecting donations for the food baskets at the Tops Market on Amherst in Buffalo.

In Islam, Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, soul searching and prayer. It starts next week, and Muslim families spend the month from sunrise to sunset fasting.

A Buffalo group is helping put food on the table for struggling Muslim families ahead of Ramadan. On Monday, Project Ramadan Buffalo started building and collecting donations for the food baskets at the Tops Market on Amherst in Buffalo.

Project Noor collected donations outside of Tops on Grant and Amherst Streets Monday afternoon for what they call “Project Ramadan.”

The non-profit organization is putting together food baskets that will feed a family of four to five for one month. The group of volunteers say that the baskets will have enough food in them to support 4 to 5 people for 1 month. The baskets will have things like rice, cereal, pasta, dates, and canned goods.

Organizers say when they started doing this six years ago, they collected about 100 baskets. Last year, volunteers say they were able to give out over 500 baskets, plus hundreds of gift cards, and they hope this year, it will be even bigger when they hand the baskets out on June 5th – the start of Ramadan.

“This is so important, this helps the needy,” said Sahar Siam, a volunteer. “We have Ramadan, which we fast from sunrise to sunset. And there’s a lot of needy people that can use this and hopefully this is going to help them.”

Siam added, “We had so many people donate their money, their time, and we are going to have over 50 volunteers bagging up the food and delivering it to the needy in our month of Ramadan.”