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At University of Maryland dining halls, Ramadan observers can now get meals to go

Students can place orders for halal meals through the end of the semester.
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University of Maryland students observing Ramadan have a new option for their morning meals: takeout from the dining halls.

Because the university’s dining halls do not open before sunrise, Muslim students raised concerns about getting enough to eat in the a.m., and the foodservice department responded by enabling them to grab a halal meal to go the evening prior, reports The Diamondback. (Those observing Ramadan typically fast from sunrise to sunset.)

The meals change daily, but options include muffins, deli sandwiches, yogurt and fruit. Students seeking these meals can complete a form on Dining Services’ website and pick up their food after 8 p.m.

“We hope students feel included,” Bart Hipple, a Dining Services spokesperson, told The Diamondback. “We hope students are able to remain engaged with their studies and with their community during this period.”

This is the first time the university has offered the to-go meals during Ramadan, which this year takes place from May 5 to June 4.

Read the full story via The Diamondback.

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