Helping Feed the Needy in NYC and the World
On March 11, in commemoration to the New York City and worldwide community for their support of the devastating earthquake in the Tohoku region of Japan on March 11, 2011 a few of our members volunteered to serve meals to the needy at the Food Bank for NYC and pack meals for the hungry worldwide. The volunteer activities were organized by the Japanese Consulate in New York in coordination with the Japanese American Association (JAA), MUFG, and Rise Against Hunger.
In the morning 90 volunteers from the Japanese community gathered at MUFG's office to pack disaster relief meals to be shipped to the needy worldwide. The organization Rise Against Hunger provided the food and materials to prepare the meals and sends them to those in need. As a result of the great teamwork among the volunteers, 10,000 meals were sealed and packed.
In the afternoon, we visited the community kitchen of Food Bank for NYC, located in Harlem, to serve meals to the needy in the community. Again, Japanese from different organizations gathered to make meals, wash dishes, serve food, and clean up for the local community. The Food Bank serves sit down hot meals, which that day included, chicken, soup, and bread and a drink. In a two hour period, we continuously served 260 meals. It was hard work especially for those working in the kitchen, but it is important to help each other and especially the needy. We appreciate Food Bank for NYC, which serves meals every weekday.
We thank the Japanese Consulate and all the other supporters for mobilizing different sectors of the Japanese community to give back to those in need locally and worldwide.