Hicksville, NY Rotary Club holds turkey and vegetarian food giveaway

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A collage of photos showing the turkey, vegetarian food giveaway held Nov. 23, 2020, organized by the Rotary Club of Hicksville South, Long Island, N.Y. (Photo: courtesy organizers)

The Rotary Club of Hicksville South, Long Island, New York, held a Turkey and vegetarian food giveaway drive behind the Legislative Building of Nassau County on Nov 23, 2020 evening.

To keep things safe during COVID-19, strong rules were in place with cars limited to 100, pre-planned with prior registration of needy recipients, teamwork, and a noteworthy collaboration with the
Nassau County Asian American Affairs, Office of Hispanic Affairs and the Office of Minority Affairs, a press release from organizers said.

The Rotary Club of Hicksville is led by President Nilima Madan, and organizers noted how smoothly the distribution took place.

“It was a fascinating experience to see and witness how 100 turkeys and 50 bags of vegetarian items as well as other non-vegetarian food cans were so systematically distributed as the pre-registered recipients in their cars passed by,” the press release said.

Organizers thanked all those involved in the endeavor including all guests, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Nassau County Asian American Affairs Exec. Dir. Farah Mozawala, and Office of Hispanic Affairs and the Office of Minority Affairs, Nassau Exec. Dir. Lionel Chitty who attended.

Also participating were several volunteers and staff and RCHS members, Vice President Rizwan Qureshi and Shashi Malik, Services Director Jasbir Singh, Past Presidents Roopam Maini and Quddus Mohammed, Project Chair and Secretary Mizan Rahman, Jt. Secretary Aleya Jung, Project CoChair, Tahira Sharif, Member Sandy
Bhatia and Treasurer Arjen Bathija.

The County Executive recognized the philanthropic initiative with Citation awards given out to President Madan, Vice President Rizwan Qureshi as a major donor to the event; Project Chairs Secretary Mizan Rahman and Tahira Sharif, besides Hunter Brodman of Casanova Market Inc. for providing excellent quality turkeys for a discount as his effort to help.

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