Members of the Dawoodi Bohra faith across the United States marked United Nations World Food Day by supporting vulnerable members of society in numerous cities across the country where Bohras live and work.
As part of Project Rise – a global initiative established to improve the lives of the less fortunate among us – the Dawoodi Bohras engaged in a wide range of local activities to provide practical help to the hungry and homeless. Project Rise takes its inspiration from the teachings of Islam and the Prophets, which instruct Muslims to work for the betterment of others.
The Dawoodi Bohras have always believed that nobody should go to bed hungry, and that is why – as part of Project Rise – they provide food, financial support, and willing volunteers to food banks all over the world on a regular basis. But this year, World Food Day falls during the COVID-19 pandemic, reminding us that the numbers of homeless, hungry and malnourished people are increasing in many cities in the country. Bohras across the United States are working hard to help.
- In Washington DC, local Bohras prepared and delivered over 75 meals to the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless and the Interfaith Works Women’s Center.
- Seattle Bohras donated around 1,100 lbs of food to the Salvation Army’s community center in Bellevue, and volunteered to package 500 bags of food for distribution.
- Members of the Detroit community partnered with CARES of Farmington Hills to procure and pack three meals – over 2,000 lbs of food – for 250 vulnerable families.
- In Minneapolis, local Bohras partnered with 2nd Harvest to provide people in the Twin Cities with nutritious and healthy food.
- Dawoodi Bohras from Orange County and the Inland Empire continued their longstanding efforts to provide groceries to families in need in the City of Ontario, CA.
- Dawoodi Bohras from Philadelphia used their community kitchen to serve hot, healthy and nutritious meals to local homeless people in conjunction with the “Sunday Breakfast Mission” in Wilmington, DE.
- Volunteers from San Jose packed over 1,600 pounds of Kiwis for distribution by Second Harvest Food Bank to local hungry and homeless people.
- Dallas Bohras partnered with Bear Creek Community Church to distribute food to the homeless.
- In New Jersey, the Bohra community hosted a contest in which contestants used local ingredients to make stunning creations and posted pictures of their dishes on social media tagging #WorldFoodDay2020 and local farmers.
- San Francisco Bohras continued to support Tri City Volunteers, one of the largest food banks in the area. The local Bohra community has donated over 3,500 lbs of groceries (such as rice, flour, lentils, and oil) in the last 4 months.
- Boston Bohras gave 25 refugee families food packets consisting of rice, lentils, sugar and flour.
As well as tackling hunger and malnutrition, Bohras also take very seriously the need to reduce food waste. A huge global issue, Bohras have been striving to eliminate this problem within their communities by cooking, serving and taking only what is needed.
All activities on World Food Day were undertaken with strict adherence to COVID-19 restrictions, including social distancing, wearing masks, and maintaining high standards of hygiene.