Treasure Coast Food Bank receives $10,000 donation from Islamic Association of the Treasure Coast

Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO Judith Cruz, fourth from left, and Chief Operating Officer Erin Cox, third from right, accept a donation from members of the Islamic Association of the Treasure Coast. From left:  Victor Begg, Dr Babar Shareef, Taher Naeem, Judy Cruz, Imam Derrick Peate, Dr. Sameera Razuman, Fazal Muhammad, Erin Cox, Rasheed Ahmad, and Raheel Ahmed. (Photo credit Jacqueline Kenney) 

Treasure Coast Food Bank received a $10,000 donation from the Islamic Association of the Treasure Coast. The organization raised the money during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and prayers, which ended Saturday.

“During the month of Ramadan, we are encouraged to be more generous and give back to our community,” said Imam Derrick Peate. “In recognition that there are people not as fortunate as ourselves we decided to make this donation. Of course in times of COVID, this difficulty is compounded, so we decided to reach out with this gift to the community.”

The Islamic Center of the Treasure Coast, formerly known as Muslim Friends of Florida, located in Fort Pierce has a multi-ethnic, inclusive congregation, Peate said. Many members were on hand Friday, May 22, 2020, to make the donation.

“We want to thank the members of the Islamic Association of the Treasure Coast for providing this donation to us,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “There are always people in need of food, but the COVID-19 crisis has caused that need to rise significantly. This generous gift will provide more than 80,000 meals.”


Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to, visit our Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter at