BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — On Monday, May 4, from noon to 2 p.m., Zakat Foundation of America will be hosting a fresh produce and meat distribution to 100 families. This will happen in a drive-through format at our headquarters, located at 7421 W, 100th Place, Bridgeview, IL 60455.
Zakat Foundation wants to make sure people know they can come to us for support as they battle COVID-19’s physical and economic effects.
Since March, Zakat Foundation has launched emergency response programs in more than 20 countries in North America, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The response includes personal protective equipment (PPE), food packages, hygiene kits, preventative education and awareness, testing, mental-health counseling, warm meals and cash assistance. These programs are all ongoing.
In the Chicago area, specifically, Zakat Foundation has distributed about 100,000 medical gloves and 2,000 N95 medical masks — with 5,000 more ready for distribution — more than 1,500 food packages and about 10,000 lunch boxes, and more than 1,000 hygiene kits.
So far, our Chicago-area distribution has brought assistance to the following hospitals and health centers:
Roseland Community Hospital
Franciscan St. James Hospital
St. Bernard’s Hospital
Pine Crest Nursing Home
Landmark Nursing Home
Mt. Sinai Hospital
Jackson Park Hospital
South Shore Hospital
Holy Cross Hospital
Children Rehabilitation Center
Aside from distributions in Chicago, domestically, Zakat Foundation has also been working in Queens, New York; San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange County, California; Durham, North Carolina; in New Jersey; in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area; in Delaware and in St. Louis, Missouri.
Visit zakat.org/en/covid-19-relief to find out more about how Zakat Foundation is tackling COVID-19 head on, or to donate to the cause. Zakat Foundation does not take administrative fees from donations designated for emergency relief; 100% of the donation goes toward the cause. Accessible through this page is a digital memorial wall Zakat Foundation has launched to humbly offer an alternative way to come together and mourn lost loved ones.
If you are a student on F1 visa in the United States and have financial hardship due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), you can apply for financial support via [email protected]. Any health care centers or health care workers that need gloves can call us at 1-888-ZAKAT-US.
Photos and more information available upon request.
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In 2020, 81¢ from each dollar donated went directly toward programs serving those in need. 12¢ went to administrative costs & 7¢ went to fundraising costs.