Friday, April 24, 2020

NYC to Serve 500,000 Free Halal Meals to Muslims During Ramadan

Photo Via The Halal Food Blog (2019) 

As the Muslim holiday Ramada approaches us Mayor Deblasio believes 2 million residents could become food insecure during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mayor De Blasio announces that New York City intends to serve half-million Halal meals during the season as many people have been put into unlivable situations during the epidemic. The meals will be distributed through 32 Department of Education buildings and 100,000 meals will be served through community organizations throughout the month. They will also provide Kosher meals for the Jewish people during this time. 

In his press conference, De Blasio states that "One of Ramadan's most noble callings is to feed the hungry, to remember to be there for those in need. And that is now harder than ever now that people can't go to their mosques."  By May De Blasio predicts that they will serve 15 million meals in may not allowing any New Yorker to go hungry. 

Ramadan begins the evening of Thursday, April 23, 2020, and end the evening of May 23rd. The holiday sparks a period of spiritual reflection and self-improvement that includes the practice of fasting from dawn to sunset. 

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