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Come Break Fast With Us

A Corcoran broker has been helping give out free halal iftar meals to everyone during the month of Ramadan.
Shabir Ahmad has been lending his support to “Come Break Fast With US,” a group serving free hot meals daily at four different locations.
With the support of Brooklyn and Queens Borough presidents, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, NY State Senator Jessica Romas and several other politicians, food carts have been delivering the meals to Muslims who would normally break their fast at dusk inside a masjid.
Since masjids have closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Pakistani American Youth Society (PAYS), Muslims Giving Back (MGB), the NYPD Muslim Officers Society, the Khyber Society of America, Innayah Services Inc., Shorefront Coalition, and Gyro King collaborated with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to launch the food cart effort.

David and Simone Levinson are sponsoring a drive-in movie event being hosted by the Southampton Arts Center.
The screening will be held at Cooper Beach on Sunday, May 24, and will serve as a food drive benefiting Heart of the Hamptons.
Simone, SAC founding co-chair, said they sold out the event almost entirely by word of mouth.
SAC will present Raiders of the Lost Ark, made possible by the generosity of Simone and David Levinson.
Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to donate in support of the local food bank.
“After two months of isolating and separation, we are delighted to host this drive-in movie and food drive as a nostalgic feel-good event to enjoy with family and friends, as we safely re-emerge from this tumultuous time together,” said Simone.

Since the onset of the pandemic, Rubenstein Partners has been matching donations up to $10,000 to the non-profit St. Nicks Alliance in order to meet and exceed a total goal of $20,000.
St. Nicks Alliance has spearheaded a Senior Wellness Campaign staffed by 30 volunteers to deliver meals and provide services to vulnerable populations affected by the coronavirus.
The campaign has been delivering meals and groceries to seniors, as well as providing home care and assisted living services.
Readers can contribute to this campaign here.

During Covid-19, Douglaston Development is doing a number of things to help its residents.
Building staff have been hand-delivering meals to vulnerable residents and the company has been working with city agencies to feed all New Yorkers.


Blackstone’s management company at Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village, Beam Living, has led ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts.
Beam has instituted a Financial Hardship Assistance Program, a Good Neighbors volunteer program that has paired staff and 1,500 resident volunteers with members of the community most at risk, and a full service food pantry created with City Harvest, which has delivered more than 180,000 pounds of groceries to surrounding communities most in need.


Statewide Abstract Corp‘s Matt McAllister is planning a 200-mile bike trip to benefit Hillside Food Outreach.
McAllister is no stranger to embarking on endurance races to raise funds and awareness for different causes, having donated more than $6,000 to local community centers over the last few years.
He has selected Hillside Food Outreach program as his next beneficiary of a grueling 200-mile trek where he hopes to equal or better his $2,000 benchmark.
“For more than 20 years Hillside Food Outreach has been delivering healthy and nutritious foods to elderly and low- income families—the demographic hit hardest by layoffs and closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said.
“The demand on supplies and resources has been staggering and I wanted to help them in their efforts.”
McAllister will set off on a solo 200-mile bike ride on June 12. He’ll ride from his home in Mount Kisco and end up at his parent’s house in Mattituck,.
You can donate at visit GoFundMe: Hillside Food Outreach

David Robinson serves up pizza to frontline workers.

Admiral Capital Group has teamed up with the apps, Slice and Shipt, to take care of their tenants and local healthcare workers.
Slice, an online food ordering platform for independent pizzerias, is working with Slice Out Hunger to bring pizza to frontline workers.
Admiral Capital is sponsoring virtual pizza parties at several of their residential buildings as well as delivering free pizza to frontline workers at local hospitals.
They’re also teaming up with the delivery service app, Shipt, to help their Nashville tenants and the frontliners at Vanderbilt Medical by waiving the yearly $99 fee, providing them with a free grocery subscription so they’ll be able to feed their families safely and without risk.
Admiral Capital takes 10 percent of their profits to support education and low-income communities, building off the philanthropic work that co-founder and former, top-NBA player, David Robinson, has been doing for the past 30 years.


Shay Zach and his team at Gaia Property Group have been raising funds to help hospitals and his local community with food and supplies.
They’ve delivered food to over 1,000 vulnerable New Yorkers, elderly people and Holocaust survivors.
Shay set up his fund after recovering from coronavirus at the start of the pandemic in March.
“We have all been deeply affected by the crisis and that’s why we’ve set up this relief fund to try to help those on the front lines and in our communities,” he said.

Cherry Green Property Corp, the owner and operator of Knickerbocker Village (KV) on the Lower East Side, has been forging partnerships to bring sustained food relief to support KV’s 1,300 senior residents.
Kicking off in early-April, volunteers from KV, Hamilton-Madison House, Chinatown Community Young Lions, Chinatown residents and Invisible Hands, teamed up to deliver 1,200 non-perishable food boxes from City Meals on Wheels to seniors at KV.
Chung Seto Cherry Green’s community liaison, helped launch a start-up initiative from within the Chinatown community, Neighbors Helping Neighbors. The program delivers fresh produce to seniors and the disabled at several housing complexes, including KV. Seniors are able to utilize SNAP benefits to buy the groceries and they’re delivered straight to their doors.
Most recently, Cherry Green partnered with ReThinkFood NYC to kick off a daily hot meal delivery service for seniors.

Knickerbocker Village food program

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