HungerMitao Month 2021
August, the month of India’s Independence, is now well known as HungerMitao (independence from hunger) Month Food Drive! This year, due to the alarming increase of COVID-19 Delta variant, the North Texas based Indian American community pivoted to a “Funds for Food Drive” benefiting the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB).
Launched at NTFB in 2017 by Plano-based philanthropists Raj and Aradhana “Anna” Asava, HungerMitao is a volunteer-driven grassroots movement raising awareness about hunger in the United States, improving community engagement, and channeling resources and contributions of the Indian American community to fight hunger through the Feeding America network of food banks.
Over the three years since its launch, the movement has enabled more than 35 million meals for Feeding America and Food Banks in North Texas, Tarrant County Area, Houston, New York City, Atlanta and Seattle.
The goal of HungerMitao Month 2021 is to raise $25,000 – or 75,000 meals – for hunger relief and comes at a time when North Texas is still feeling the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and responding to the unprecedented hunger crisis.
“The philosophy of HungerMitao is to ‘give where you live’ and HungerMitao Month is an opportunity for the Indian American community to conveniently donate funds for food and help the North Texas Food Bank continue to feed children, seniors, veterans, and families facing food insecurity across the 13 counties it serves,” said Anna Asava. “With every donated dollar enabling three nutritious meals, your contribution can have a significant impact and help make sure no one goes hungry in North Texas,” added Raj Asava.
HungerMitao translates to “wipe out hunger” and initiatives like HungerMitao Month get it one step closer to its goal. To contribute to HungerMitao Month, please visit here.