Kazi Mannan runs an Indian-Pakistani restaurant in Washington, D.C., and has supported the local homeless population by offering free meals since the restaurant opened. Mannan’s Sakina Halal Grill was hit hard by customers working at home during the pandemic, and when the restaurant reopened, it made a fraction of its normal sales. Mannan knew he couldn’t keep the restaurant afloat and turned to the community for help. The restaurant’s situation was featured in a couple news stories and got serious attention on social media, leading to $250,000 in donations via GoFundMe within a few days. “My dream is to go back to the same old ways. To go back and anybody who can’t afford a meal, come in. Now it looks like that dream is coming into reality,” said Mannan.

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