In 2013, Magued Noureldine established Al Rahma Inc., an organization dedicated to assisting less fortunate people in the Inland Empire. Magued’s main goal was to use the nonprofit to start a food bank in Moreno Valley.

“The percentage of people below the poverty line in Riverside and San Bernardino is very high, especially in Moreno Valley,” said the 72-year-old Magued, a retired geo-chemical engineer. “I am proud that I am a member of the Muslim community in Moreno Valley and work to meet the basic needs of the community without regard to color, race or religion, especially since the corona epidemic.”

Since 2016, the Al Rahman Food Bank serves at least 240 families from the Riverside and San Bernardino areas each Friday, accounting for about 1,100 people per week and approximately 60,000 per year, Magued said. The food bank’s goal this year is to reach 100,000 people.

Initially, the food bank, designed like a supermarket, covered 1,200 square feet but has expanded to more than 3,000.

Magued, who began his volunteer efforts almost 15 years ago, also is director of Al Rahma Masjid in Moreno Valley since 2007.

For his efforts, CAIR-LA and the Boukai Family Foundation recognize Magued with the Everyday Heroes award, saluting the work and deeds of Southern Californians during these challenging times. Thanks to the Boukai Family Foundation, recipients receive $500.

Each week, CAIR-LA and the Boukai Family Foundation are recognizing the contributions of everyday people in Southern California making heroic efforts during coronavirus pandemic. To nominate someone for recognition, visit bit.ly/socaleverydayheroes