Providing food for the hungry





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Bronx, Westchester, NY

Total Budget: $2,000

Area of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment

Activity Type: Food/Agriculture: General

Summary: Providing food for the homeless and hungry in Westchester and surrounding areas.

The pandemic has changed how we see hunger today, both around the world and in the United States. The global health crisis became an economic calamity followed by a nutrition catastrophe. As businesses shut down, job losses mounted, supply chains shattered, and schools that had provided vital meal programs closed, access to food and nutrition was radically interrupted, and in many cases severely limited, for billions of people. The World Food Program - the United Nations agency in charge of emergency food distribution as well as school meal programs in numerous countries - warned that an additional 270 million people were facing grave hunger, with children most at risk. Nutritionists predicted that stunting, which already affects nearly one of every four children in the world, would surely rise. Researchers, writing in the medical journal The Lancet, estimated that more than 6 million children would suffer wasting (severe underweight) and that as many as 10,000 children could die from malnutrition every month in the coming year.

Hunger has become more personal for many Americans than at any time since the Great Depression. As the pandemic paralyzed the economy and jobs and incomes vanished, we have seen massive demand at food banks and pop-up relief pantries - perhaps we have even been there ourselves or recognized our relatives, friends, neighbors, or co-workers in those crowds.

Under this project, we will be providing food and grocery supplies for approximately 150 families in our area, who are facing food and nutrition crises.

Project Contact Person

District: 7230

Rotary Club of: Westchester

Primary Contact: Maher Shaikh

Email: maher.shaikh@yahoo.com

Project Status

This project is "Signed". This means that the signatures from the club leadership have been collected. This project is now being reviewed by the district leadership for approval. Once a decision is made, the status of the project will be changed to "Approved".

Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Westchester (7230)









DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Mahbub Ahmad

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Shazia Alirahi.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Amber Alirahi.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Maher Shaikh.

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