Members of the Dawoodi Bohra community of New York volunteered at the River Fund, a nonprofit organization in Queens, to help package and distribute groceries to the underprivileged this holiday season as part of the community’s Project Rise initiative. The River Fund, one of the largest providers of emergency food in New York City, and a team of Dawoodi Bohra community members worked together to help distribute packaged and fresh food to nearly 2,000 individuals.
According to the NYC Mayor’s Office of Food Policy’s 2022 Food Metrics Annual Report, an estimated 1.2 million New York City residents were food insecure even before the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 185 million people missing meals across the five boroughs, also known as “The Meal Gap.” Organizations such as the River Fund are working to address this issue by distributing more than 1,000,000 pounds of groceries and needed essentials to more than 5,000 households every week with the help of volunteers.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to volunteer at the River Fund; their mission and efforts support one of our community’s core beliefs that no one should have to go to bed hungry,” says Murtaza Tofafarosh, who leads the Dawoodi Bohra New York community kitchen team, called Faiz al-Mawaid al-Burhaniyah (FMB), which is responsible for cooking and delivering freshly cooked meals daily to nearly 80 Bohra families across Queens, Long Island, and New York City.
Communal Efforts for Hunger Relief
Under the direction and guidance of the Dawoodi Bohra community’s global leader, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, FMB has managed to achieve its objectives of ensuring food security within the community. Additionally, FMB has expanded its outreach outside the community to include sustained efforts in providing food to the underprivileged as well as aid and relief during emergencies and natural calamities. The efforts to support affected families during disasters are also part of the Dawoodi Bohra community’s global Project Rise initiative, dedicated to uplifting the lives of the less fortunate through a range of initiatives in nutrition, healthcare, water and sanitation, education, and environmental conservation.
“This holiday season, our community’s focus is to help the underprivileged, and we are doing that in various ways, including organizing a holiday gift donation drive for our local school district and volunteering at the River Fund,” said Taha Adib, a member of the Dawoodi Bohras in New York.