The Corona Pandemic has caused unrelenting suffering across the globe leading to loss of lives, economic recession, unemployment and food insecurity. HACSI’s flagship program of providing food for the needy was rapidly implemented in the local areas covering DC, Prince Georges county, Montgomery county, Maryland, Fairfax county, Northern Virginia.
HACSI organized 13 Grab and Go food drives serving 150,000 pounds of groceries to 4940 families covering 18300 people from May 2020 to April 2021 in these counties.
HACSI continued to provide financial resources to DC Central Kitchen, though volunteers were unable to help due to COVID. Financial help continued to the 6 Montgomery HELPs. HACSI delivered hot meals once a month to the residents of Baileys Cross Roads Shelter in Falls Church, Virginia. Volunteers played a valuable role and provided 1600 hours of service during the pandemic. HACSI’s total assistance in 2020 was over $100,000.
Covid-19 Pandemic took a toll across India with millions of infections, hospitalizations and deaths resulting in family and economic catastrophe. In many families, there was a loss of the main bread winner HACSI decided to promptly help needy families in India.
Sri Ramakrishna Mission was chosen as our partner to deliver food and other services in India. As the Covid second wave ravaged across India, we partnered with various branches of Sri Ramakrishna Mission in Belur (Kolkata), Bangalore, Chennai, Thanjavur, Varanasi and Visakhapatnam.
Each center was given about $5000 total donations of $40,000. In tribal areas of Visakhapatnam district, 1200 poor families in multiple villages were given 40 pound grocery bag per family containing essential provisions. Similarly in Chennai and Thanjavur hundreds of families were given needed provisions and clothes. In Varanasi, Banaras Hindu University Hospital was given funds towards medical supplies to distribute to needy families.