By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento nonprofit is helping Muslim families prepare for the observance of Ramadan, which starts Monday at sunset.

The nonprofit Al-Misbaah says during a public health emergency like the COVID-19 outbreak, people living in poverty and at-risk families are affected disproportionately.

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The group’s services have become even more critical.

“Today, in preparation of the holy month of Ramadan, where all Muslims fast from all around the world,” Imran Abedrabbo said. ” We’re giving out food boxes, hygiene boxes, a box of dates, so it can feed a whole family for an entire month.”

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The group plans to distribute those packages to more than 2,500 families.

Al-Misbaah has been serving the most vulnerable members of the Greater Sacramento community for 10 years.

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Hundreds of families in Sacramento County receive aid from the group, and its services have expanded to Turlock and Modesto.