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, Family Bakery, and Stadium Hot Dog) 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, providing households with the security of knowing their family will have a nice meal at the end of the night.
In collaboration with our community food partners, we also support families facing a food crisis by distributing gift cards for local supermarkets and enrolling them in a voucher system which provides emergency food assistance. This program has distributed nearly 900 gift cards and vouchers to households in need.
During the holiday season, Zaman provides food boxes containing food staples that are culturally-appropriate and designed to meet the household’s specific diet. We have delivered 2,368 food boxes since 2010 which contain food staples that last for at least one month sustenance.
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. To date, we have provided 3, 886 breakfast or lunch meals to children 18 years and younger, eliminating food shortages that may have occurred in these households during the summer months.
Zaman International has used countless ways to ensure households would be food secure. Since 2010, we have applied various approaches based on the household’s unique needs:
· We have delivered of 50,781 hot, nutritious meals, equivalent to 319,029 pounds of food, on a daily basis.
· We have distributed nearly 900 gift cards and vouchers for local supermarkets to households in need.
· We have delivered 2,368 food boxes which contain culturally-appropriate food staples that last for at least one month.
· Since 2013, we have provided 3, 886 breakfast or lunch meals to children 18 years and younger in order to eliminate summer-related food shortages since children no longer receive school lunches during the summer months.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (313) 551-3994.