IMANA awards grants to restaurants in Houston, Manassas and New York City in recognition of Ramadan

April 19th, 2021

LOMBARD, Ill. (April 16, 2021) The Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) is providing grant funding to three halal restaurants across the country in an effort to offer affordable faith-friendly meals to customers throughout the holy month of Ramadan.
The grants are developed to support small businesses in an industry that has been hard hit during the pandemic. This is the second Ramadan to take place during the coronavirus pandemic.

Through the grants, each restaurant will receive $1,000—money that will be utilized as special discounts for customers each day until the grant funds are expended. Each individual restaurant will determine the exact dates that the discounts will be offered.

As part of the program, customers who utilize the discount will be made aware of IMANA’s role in the program and will also receive information about IMANA’s initiatives domestically and throughout the world.

Restaurants receiving the funding are:

Burgers By Honest Chops
99 MacDougal St.
New York City

ZamZam Kabob House
9091 Mathis Ave.
Manassas, Virginia

Aga’s Restaurant & Catering
11842 Wilcrest Dr.
Houston, Texas

“Ramadan has always been a time of spiritual upliftment, but medical experts have continued to show the real health benefits tied to intermittent fasting, including reduction in high cholesterol, heart disease and obesity, as well as improving overall well-being. We are proud to be able to both facilitate better practices and allow small business owners to join us in serving the community,” says Akrama Hashmi, managing director of IMANA.

This is the first year that IMANA is awarding grants to restaurants, a program created in response to the pandemic.

About the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA)
IMANA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a key resource and a network for American Muslim physicians and health care professionals. IMANA has provided global medical relief to over 2.5 million patients in 34 countries.

IMANA also supports health care access and equity initiatives in the U.S. through grant making, medical debt relief and other programs.

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