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HungerMitao reports successful spring food drive

Written by Mindia Whittier

The entirely volunteer-driven movement raises awareness about food insecurity.

More than a quarter of a million meals were raised for food-challenged children, seniors, veterans and families in North Texas – including a donation of more than $43,000 to the North Texas Food Bank – thanks to HungerMitao‘s national 2022 Spring Food Drive.

The initiative, which started locally, engaged members of the Indian American community in conducting food drives and fundraisers across the U.S. Nationally, more than half a million meals were generated through volunteering, food drives and funds raised.

“We can’t be more proud of our 4 million strong Indian diaspora in U.S. for joining the HungerMitao movement,” said Raj Asava, co-founder of HungerMitao.

For the Indian American community, Daan – donation/giving – is an integral part of who they are. Growing up in an extended family environment in tightly knit communities, Indian Americans see the importance of Daan firsthand. Of all the Daans, Anna-Daan – the donation of food – is considered the highest giving of all.

Feeding American participating in HungerMitao’s 2022 Spring Food drive, as well as food banks in Seattle, New York City, Houston, Atlanta, New Jersey and other cities. In addition to North Texas Food bank, other local participants included Metrocrest Services in Dallas and Tarrant Area Food Bank.

The food drive included in-kind donations collected through food drives, as well as cash donations collected both online and offline. Contributions generated in North Texas benefit the North Texas Food Bank, which received more than $43,000 from the effort.

HungerMitao conducts two national food drives annually. One is held in March, as a celebration of the various Spring festivals of India. The second food drive is in August, commemorating India’s Independence Month. Members of the Indian American community consider these drives as an opportunity to combine resources and make an impact as a unified community in their adopted land.

“We thank everyone for their spirit of ‘Give Where You Live’, and thank you Feeding America and Food Banks for all that you do to ensure nutritious food is made available to the needy across all the zip codes in the U.S.,” said Aradhana (Anna) Asava, co-founder HungerMitao.

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Mindia Whittier