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WEST HAVEN, Oct. 14, 2020 — (Pictured): Mayor Nancy R. Rossi, third from left, joins Wellspring Community Center President Omer Kizilcik, fourth from left, on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 14, to announce the center’s gift of 210 pounds of ground beef to the West Haven Emergency Assistance Task Force.
With them are, from left, Wellspring volunteer Aysin Karaman, WHEAT Vice President Arnold Agnoli, state Sen. James Maroney, D-Milford, and Peace Islands Institute Connecticut Director Enes Yapici.
The donation was part of the fourth annual meat drive held by Wellspring and its sister nonprofit, Peace Islands, both of Milford. It was made possible through their partnership with the Connecticut Food Bank and Embrace Relief, a nonprofit international humanitarian relief and development organization based in Fairfield, N.J.
The beef was blessed July 31-Aug. 3 during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, meaning “Feast of Sacrifice.” The most important Islamic holiday marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim — Abraham to Christians and Jews — to sacrifice his son.
During the four-day holiday, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor and eat the rest.
According to Rose Majestic, the executive director of WHEAT at 674 Washington Ave., the beef will feed 4,000 city families in need.
West Haven has the state’s largest Turkish American population.
(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)