Millions of Seniors Are at Risk of Hunger but the depth of senior hunger in America is not widely understood. This is a problem often hiding right in our backyard. Seniors are too embarrassed to ask for help — or even to acknowledge that they need help.
On 30th of October 2016, Muslims Against Hunger along with their partners, Brotherhood Synagogue in action with the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding started a campaign to “Fight Senior Hunger NOW” by Making Twelve Thousand healthy nutritious meal packages for seniors in our Backyard with HUNGER VAN #EndSeniorHungerNoW.
Muslim and Jewish New Yorkers came together on the 30th of October as part of the Twinning event of Muslims and Jews at Brotherhood Synagogue (28 Gramercy Park S.) from 10-12 AM. Together they worked to prepare food for hungry seniors and vowed to stand up for each other to combat Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry.
Seniors, with food insecurity and hunger find themselves in a very difficult situation. Insecure seniors sometimes have enough money to purchase food but do not have the resources to access or prepare food due to lack of transportation, functional limitations, or health problems.
Muslims Against Hunger will be solving this issue by packaging high protein and highly nutritious meals that can be used in time of crisis or as needed by seniors.
Seniors require greater consideration towards their health and medical needs that can become compromised when there is not enough food to eat.
To help support this project, please Donate Online or Mail your tax-exempt donations to: Muslims Against Hunger – P.O.Box 12, Pluckemin NJ 07978.
About HUNGER VAN The Hunger Van was born in 2011 because Muslims Against Hunger founder Zamir Hassan, a practicing Muslim and resident of Bedminster, New Jersey decided that if hungry people such as the ones congregating around parks and train stations, could not come to the food, the food would come to them in vans, conveniently packaged and ready to eat. The cost of producing one hot meal is $6.07 and $4.85 for cold ones; and meals as well as events are donation-based. Sponsors are encouraged to raise funds for the feeding event. All of the food is vegan and can last for a long period of time without spoiling. for more information about Hunger Van project click here
The author of this blog, Falak Zaffer Ghatala, is the National Program Director of Hunger Van | Muslims Against Hunger. She has a Masters in Chemical Biology but strongly believes in giving back to society. She is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and spends her free time studying religion. She runs a campaign called ‘The Do Good Campaign’ and her passion lies in doing good. She truly believes that: “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca.