Food is something we often take for granted. Although many of us are blessed with an abundance of food, so many of our neighbors live in the shadow of hunger. Social pressures and other challenges can make getting help harder – pushing many to skip meals to make ends meet.
It’s in this context that Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, global head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, emphasizes the responsibility each Bohra has to care for our neighbors. Bohras believe nobody should go to bed hungry and regularly organize drives and other activities focused on enhancing food security in cities throughout the world.
The Bay Area Bohra community has long committed to making a difference locally but has redoubled efforts to step up in 2020 – a year marked by COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on the less fortunate.
This year the Dawoodi Bohra community has:
- Donated over 3,500 pounds of grocery supplies to TCV Food Bank over the course of the last 4 months and over $2,300 in the months when COVID first hit.
- Engaged with Abode Services to create 220 snack and hygiene packs for families in need. These packs included snack items like fruit cups, water, biscuits, trail mix, granola bars and hygiene items like socks, toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, and sanitary products.
- Made and delivered grocery and food packets to support over 60 un-housed individuals at the City of Fremont’s temporary housing facility at the Islander Motel.
“We’ve partnered with the Dawoodi Bohra community for over 8 years to help ensure our clients have access to necessary staple foods like flour, oil, rice, and other basic goods that ensure our highly diverse client population can prepare culturally appropriate meals for their families. These types of partnerships are vitally important and we’re so thankful for the Bohra community’s support during these exceptionally challenging times” – Taylor Johnson (Executive Director) – TCV Food Bank + Mobile Pantry
“The global pandemic has put a spotlight on the tremendous needs in our community and the extent to which hunger continues to beset so many around us. Through deep, sustained commitment and strong partnerships with incredible organizations like TCV and Abode, we’re honored to put His Holiness’ emphasis on combating hunger into practice right here in the Bay Area,” said Yusuf Asgerally, a member of the Bohra community in Fremont.
This partnership with TCV Food Bank is spearheaded by a mother daughter team of Dawoodi Bohra women in Fremont, CA working to bridge the community’s emphasis on fighting hunger with needs in Alameda County – read their story here.
“Today is world food day – we hope everyone will take a moment to consider opportunities to help feed those around you. No matter how small, every small act counts,” Asgerally continued.