Halal Soup Kitchen in Chicago
At the moment Manzar Health does not have a physical soup kitchen location: however, that is NOT going to stop us from delivering real world impact. We can begin by partnering with a local facility to prepare meals at, and then transport to our distribution team where packaged nutritious meals will be handed around communities across Chicago. Ultimately, the goal is to purchase a property that we can re-purpose to serve as our permanent Halal Soup Kitchen location. We have already begun accepting donations for this step. Please help support the cause by donating here.
Our plan is to re-purpose a property to a multi-functional location that can be utilized as a Halal soup kitchen, food pantry storage, distribution center, prayer hall, and office use.
Project Timeline & Next Steps
Step 1: Get incorporated as a nonprofit – Manzar Health Alliance & Research is a registered Not-For-Profit (NFP) organization with the State of Illinois.
Step 2: Get grants – Once our Halal soup kitchen is established, we will start writing our grant proposal. There are all kinds of grants and funding available from different foundations, state and federal governments for nonprofits. We are on the lookout for such opportunities.
Step 3: Get donations – This is where the community needs to pitch in. We are asking neighbors, friends, family, schools, local businesses and organizations to donate excess food or be a sponsor for our soup kitchen project. Every little bit helps.
Step 4: Get community volunteers – With unity, there is strength. We kindly request our neighbors and local groups to help by asking them to volunteer at the soup kitchen. Lots of people are hungry, so there’s no such thing as too many volunteers.
Help Us Help Chicago
Here is our budget plan for the project, and how much we aim to fundraise for each part of the project for the next 4 years.
Our estimate fundraise goal of $350k is to purchase ($250k) and renovate ($50k) the property. We are planning to hold $50k in funds every year that will cover emergency maintenance and repair costs ($6k), utility and bills ($22k), office supplies ($2k), and part-time seasonal staff ($20k).
4 year total is $500k.
Research & Development
We will collect research data to produce an impact report regarding this intervention. We will also develop guidance products for community-focused organizations interested in partnering with Manzar Health on this project. We aim to build a replicable model so that communities beyond the Chicago-land area may also benefit from a local Halal Soup Kitchen establishment.