With an objective to alleviate food crisis among underprivileged communities in the ongoing pandemic, Feed A Family, a youth-led initiative founded by Tahniat Bushra Waheedi from NSU, has stepped up to provide month-long food supplies to families in need throughout Dhaka. They have distributed food packets to over 3,200 families in the past few months.
The platform, created earlier this year, initially intended to raise awareness about the spread of the coronavirus. Keeping that in mind, members of Feed A Family distributed masks and hand sanitisers to rickshaw pullers across Dhaka. "I wanted people to be more conscious about the disease and follow the necessary health guidelines. But, then the problem of food shortage became more prominent as day labourers were forced to step out of their homes," said Bushra.
As their work progressed, they also took lower middle-class families into account. "There are people who were not unemployed, but who aren't financially stable either. They cannot afford sitting at home and have no way to deal with the pandemic. I felt that it was my duty to stand by them in this time of crisis," said Tahzib Taz, a core member of Feed A Family.
Their current food distribution drive is focused on Badda, Banani, Khilgaon, Rampura, Ganderia, Jatrabari and Basabo. Apart from that, their volunteers are also working actively in Gazipur, Bagerhat and Rangpur. With a team of enthusiastic volunteers and diligent core members, they have been able to help thousands of people. Team Feed A Family is collecting donations through their Facebook page and group.
Feed A Family further intends to help 500 families in Gabura, Khulna, by providing them with groceries, water purifying tablets, dry food, saline, candles and soaps among other things.