Our mission is to be the unifying federation of Islamic organizations of greater Chicagoland, the leading advocate of Muslim community interests and a catalyst for enriching American society.


11/02/16 – IFANCA & Sabeel Food Pantry: 16th Annual Chicago Muslim Turkey Drive

IFANCA and the Sabeel Food Pantry are pleased to announce the 2016 Chicago Muslim Turkey Drive. Last year community members helped distribute 1,500 turkeys to deserving families in the Chicagoland area. This year, IFANCA and the Sabeel Food Pantry seek your support to distribute 5,000 turkeys!

Two years ago the Drive was expanded to three (3) Chicago Public Schools. This year we plan to distribute turkeys at eight (8) schools. Once again, the Turkey Drive is supported by the Sabeel Food Pantry, an initiative of the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®). This year, IFANCA has agreed to match all contributions, dollar for dollar. Turkeys are $20 each. Donate 1 turkey and 2 families will receive turkeys. Donate 5 turkeys and 10 families will receive turkeys!

In addition to providing Thanksgiving dinner, turkey distribution increases turnout at parent-teacher conferences, so it helps involve parents in their children’s education. On November 22nd, we will be distributing turkeys at the following schools as well as to the community surrounding the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN):

  1. Carnegie Elementary, 1414 E. 61st Place
  2. Dulles Elementary, 6311 S. Calumet
  3. Emmett Till Academy, 6543 S. Champlain
  4. Fairfield Academy, 6201 S. Fairfield
  5. Fiske Elementary, 6020 S. Langley
  6. South Shore Academy, 1415 E. 70th Street
  7. Wadsworth Elementary, 6650 S. Ellis
  8.  Woodlawn Academy, 6657 S. Kimbark

Sixteen years ago Kamran Memon asked friends to help buy 188 turkeys from a local grocer for distribution to local deserving families. That started this annual tradition which has grown to 1,500 turkeys last year and 5,000 turkeys this year. Everyone can make a difference. Please support the Turkey Drive and help make a difference. Each turkey is only $20. Please make your tax-deductible secure online donations at the CMTD website: www.sabeelpantry.com or send your check made out to “Sabeel Food Pantry” to:

Turkey Drive
c/o Jihad Shoshara
PO Box 535, Lagrange, IL 60525

In Peace, Jihad, Sofia, Faiz, Salman, Asma, and Masuma CMTD Co-coordinators


Asma ShakirFarhan, 847-993-0034, A.ShakirFarhan@ifanca.org

Jihad Shoshara,  847-452-5515, jshoshara@yahoo.com