On a daily basis, many parents are forced to choose between purchasing food for their families or paying the costs of housing, utilities and other essentials. Zaman International is committed to taking action so these families and their children won’t have to go a day without a meal.
In 2009, Zaman launched its Mobile Food Pantry program to eliminate hunger in Southeast Michigan by providing food assistance and holiday food boxes to those in need. We partner with local restaurants (New Yasmeen Bakery, Dearborn Fresh Market, Good Burger, and more) to provide hot, nutritious meals to households in need on a regular basis. Since 2010, we have delivered a total of 319,029 pounds of hot food, mitigating food insecurity for many families.
Throughout the year, Zaman often provides supplemental hot meals or vouchers to ensure that all client families can celebrate special holidays.
In 2013, Zaman began partnering with the United Way of Southeastern Michigan's Summer Food Initiative. Many children from marginalized communities depend on school lunches to provide a regular meal during the academic year. This poses a major problem during the summer months as households may experience a food shortage as food needs increase with the children out of school. The Summer Food Initiative addresses this problem by providing meals to school-aged children from impoverished communities enrolled in summer programs.
With the establishment of the Hope for Humanity Center in 2016, Zaman opened a client choice food pantry in partnership with Gleaners Community Food Bank. This pantry allows families to choose culturally appropriate and nutritionally balanced food on a monthly basis. In 2018, the Culinary Arts Training Center will begin providing freshly-prepared hot meals to families in need.
We are always looking for volunteers to help maintain the success of this program. By volunteering for a couple of hours to package and deliver donated food, you can be the "Hope for Humanity" that is truly needed to enhance the lives of our most marginalized individuals.
For more information about the Mobile Food Pantry and other food services, contact Zaman at email@example.com or (313) 551-3994.