New York City authorities will provide halal meals to 500,000 Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan amid the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.

“One of Ramadan’s most noble callings is to feed the hungry. It is a crucial part of how the holiday is celebrated to remember to be there for those in need,” De Blasio told reporters.

There will be 400,000 halal meals at 32 Department of Education sites in neighborhoods with high need during Ramadan. Another 100,000 will be served through partnerships with community organizations.

“It’s a reminder [New York City] is a

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