A city-wide food bank program will offer free access to halal meals for the holy month of Ramadan, including at a site in New Brighton.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who is also running for mayor, organized the program in partnership with local elected officials, Muslim community leaders, and hunger relief organizations, according to a media release from Stringer’s office.
The will be calling the program “Iftar on the Go” — named for the after-sunset meal eaten by Muslims during Ramadan, a month of fasting and prayer.
“Ramadan is a time to reflect and take care of one other. No one should have to go hungry in the middle of a public health crisis, and especially during Ramadan,” Stringer said. “I am proud to stand with Muslim community leaders and food security advocates to announce our five-borough Iftar on the Go to get halal meals, nutrition and support to families in need.”
Organizers will also be conducting outreach on food security assistance in multiple languages for New Yorkers at the sites.
The Staten Island location will be held at the Bait-ul Jammat – House of Community at 192 Corson Ave., and will take place on the following dates and times.
- Tuesday, April 20 at 11am
- Tuesday, April 27 at 11am
- Tuesday, May 4 at 11am
- Tuesday, May 11 at 11am
“The nutritional and dietary needs of undeserved communities on Staten Island are vast,” Jamilah LaSalle, the co-founder of Bait-ul Jammat, said.