People from all over the world have reached out to help the owner of a Washington, D.C., restaurant that is known for providing free meals to the homeless.
Kazi Mannan, owner of the Sakina Halal Grill in Washington, D.C., has always served more than just food. He has been offering free meals to the homeless since opening his Pakistani restaurant in 2013.
But in the midst of the pandemic, the tables have turned. He said the restaurant has suffered a “huge loss” in revenue and that he realized in early July that he could no longer serve meals to people without a home.
So the man who never asked for a penny to help others set up a GoFundMe page. The world responded. People from Bangladesh, London, Haiti and elsewhere made donations.
“We raised over $250,000 which will give me a cushion to last through this pandemic and start offering a free meal that is going to give me the joy that I was talking about,” Mannan said.