WORCESTER, Mass. - A pair of nonprofits joined forces Saturday with the goal of feeding those in need.

Islamic Relief USA and the Worcester Islamic Center hosted a meal-packing effort during the day. They packed 20,000 total meals, which featured basmati rice, beans, dehydrated carrot flakes, and a seven-spice mix. 

The meals are going to be distributed to local and regional food distribution centers, as a way to help people facing challenges due to the high cost of groceries.

"Well, this also helps people get involved in the community, meet new people, and also feel the reward of their work as they're packaging these meals," said Yara Azzam of Islamic relief USA. "We always ask them to pray for themselves, as people that receive these meals will be praying for them."

Islamic Relief USA said its mission is to provide relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities.