While many Muslims across the city began to fast for Ramadan on Sunday, one local group is encouraging people to donate food to a local charity.

Give 30 is an national grassroots campaign that encourages people to donate food to local food banks especially during Ramadan, a time when Muslims fast during the day and don't eat until the sun sets for 30 days.

“We try to feel the pains of others and understand that we should be grateful for what we have in terms of food, water, security and all of those things,” said Aumer Assaf, the team leader for Give 30 Edmonton.

“It’s an opportunity for us, through the Edmonton Food Bank, to give back to people who are feeling those exact pains here in our community.”

For local food banks, the campaign could not come at a better time.

“The shelves are empty,” said Roxann Vaos of the Edmonton Food Bank. “It’s at this time of year where everything we’ve done during the Christmas and Thanksgiving season has been used up.

“Our biggest fundraiser of the year is not until August. Right now is a critical time for us.”

Meanwhile, the 30 days of fasting gave Fatima Kadri a realization that people are hungry for more than just one month a year.

“We have the opportunity to eat at anytime we want, and these people don’t have that opportunity,” she said. “For us to give back, we know how much they appreciate it.”

Give 30 will be continuing their campaign past Ramadan, and taking donations until September.