Hamza Deib’s family was forced to close restaurants after a 90 percent drop in business during the coronavirus epidemic – but that doesn’t mean they have stopped serving others.
Devi (26) worked with her brother Anas and their seven brothers and sisters Cooking and donating food to the community in times of crisis – basically out of their own pockets
“It’s either we sit here and get bitter about it and do nothing or we just go there and see who needs food,” said Deib of Islip in Long Island.
“We’re not going to just sit back and do something.”
When Deib and his family first started, they used to serve about 100 meals a day in the hospital and police departments alone, using a large stock of spaces at their two Taheni restaurants in Park Slope, Brooklyn and Hales Kitchen, Manhattan.
But then food pantries, homeless shelters and non-profit organizations began to reach out for help, so the Deib family began to expand.
They are now cooking and serving one thousand meals a day.
Deib said the most important thing they have done is to feed the homeless. During the holy month of Ramadan, the family works day and night for 30 consecutive days to run a makeshift soup kitchen in Manhattan while fasting.
“We were doing it on Saturday night and we saw people literally walking up to us and they were like, ‘This is my only meal for the week, I can’t eat right now, everything is closed, nobody’s going to remind me that nobody’s in Manhattan now.’ He is not doing anything for anyone right now.
He added, “When we decided to start this work two days a week, then three days a week and every single night for the month of Ramadan,” he added, adding that in the end they gave 100 to 300 meals a night.
“A lot of companies across Manhattan are barely closed right now … there are a lot of homeless people who have no way to get food right now.”
Usually, Ramadan is a time of fervent prayers and family gatherings, but in a socially remote world this was no longer possible, Deib said.
“Our mother always wanted to give back to growing up and always focused on feeding people so we literally took this moment, what we did for our mother Ramadan every year,” he said.
Dozens of Big Apple restaurants have worked to feed others during the epidemic, but many have continued their efforts through corporate sponsorship and online grant drives.
Deib said his family didn’t really start receiving grants until the last week of Ramadan after the group became Nohuan Men. A short video filmed About their work.
After the video spread online Has started a GoFundMe page Because people delivered, offering to give.
“It wasn’t about the money, it was a store full of our food and there’s a lot of people out there who need help, so Deib said.”
The family plans to continue feeding the homeless after the epidemic ends.
“As Muslims, we truly believe that charity is a work of righteousness that only increases one’s wealth, we truly believe. Deib said, ‘I am going to give back, I will help someone and it will reduce my financial wealth’ is nothing.
“We always believe that when you give back, basically do well, good will come for you.”
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