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Nonprofits out in force in New York to ensure food is distributed for Passover and Ramadan


NEW YORK — Nonprofits have gone into high gear to ensure those in need have meals this holiday season.

On Friday, CBS2’s Leah Mishkin went to food distributions in Brooklyn.

The nonprofit soup kitchen and pantry Masbia plans to distribute food to 20,000 families for Passover. Its executive director, Alexander Rapaport, said the network’s biggest families would get their items delivered.

“Matzah, grape juice, potatoes are already gone, but what you see here, people lining up here, are Dashers,” Rapaport said.

DoorDash is donating thousands of deliveries for free to get items to families in need. Crates of grape juice were loaded into cars and strapped to motorcycles.

But the food doesn’t just go to people celebrating the Jewish holiday. It is given to anyone who asks for help.

“There is a passage that says everyone in need should come and eat. And what that passage means is that we should have taken care of all the poor before we started the Seder,” said Report.

A few miles away, a non-profit Islamic community center called Masjid Bab US distributed food for Ramadan.

Another party, another religion, same philosophy.

“Ramadan is the month of sharing, so we welcome everyone who comes, whether you are a Muslim or not,” said Alhaji Lukmon Kalejaiye, the center’s associate imam.

He said there are a lot of people right now who need an extra helping hand.

“The Sandy effect is here and the pandemic is making it worse. Most of the people who live here are on fixed incomes and are retired. That’s why this small gesture is very helpful to them,” Kalejaiye said.

The residents of Coney Island expressed their gratitude.

“Everything is expensive at the moment. Also, some people don’t work. Some people work, they lose their jobs. When they donate food, it helps a lot of people,” said Mariame Sidibe.

In the end, people may worship differently, but they still help.


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