‘Iftar on the Go’: Islamic Relief Free Meals Help NY Needy

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Food insecurity can aggravate starvation, sending many people to bed without having something in their stomachs.. Making sure this won’t happen this Ramadan, Islamic Relief USA partnered with NYC Comptroller Brad Lander to provide 7,500 free halal meals across the five boroughs of New York.


Feeding the poor and needy is an act that draws us closer to Allah. We earn His forgiveness, mercies and blessings through this act of charity.

“Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah?s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)

The “Iftar On The Go” events will began March 24th and continue through April 19th, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

“Families should not have to worry where their next meal is coming from. Ensuring Muslim New Yorkers have access to culturally appropriate food this Ramadan is crucial for addressing food insecurity,” said Comptroller Brad Lander in a statement.

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“I commend the hard work that Islamic Relief USA puts in every Ramadan to support families, and the many leaders and elected officials who worked with my office to secure thousands of free iftar meals for families across the City,” he added.

With approximately 10% of New York households across New York state are food insecure, the iftar meals were needed, especially during the fasting month of Ramadan.

“Ramadan is an opportunity for Muslims around the world to strengthen their connection to their creator and their empathy toward others,” said Sharif Aly, Chief Executive Officer at Islamic Relief USA.

“Islamic Relief USA is honored to join the New York City Comptroller Brad Lander’s Office again this year to help meet the growing needs of the community during a time of significant economic hardship.”

Fighting Hunger

Hunger relief organizations, such as MALIKAH, Muslim American Society, and Muslim Community Network, were also part of the initiative.  

“We are truly grateful for our partnership with the NYC Comptroller Brad Lander’s office, and Islamic Relief USA, to be providing Iftar-on-the-Go meals to our community this Ramadan,” said Aniqa Nawabi, Executive Director of Muslim Community Network.  

“As an organization that tries to meet the food insecurity needs of Muslim New Yorkers, this program is vital to ensuring that our community members receive the support they need while observing their religious tradition. This shows how inclusive our city is of celebrating our diverse religious traditions.”

For more details on ‘Iftar on the Go’ halal meal distribution locations and dates, please check this.

Generosity and charity are generally blessed in Islamic Shari`ah, however, it’s specially blessed during the month of Ramadan.

Multiplies rewards, for one thing, Ramadan is a blessed month where the rewards for all of our good deeds are multiplied.

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