Maryland Strong: Indian Cultural Association of Howard County Inc.
The Indian Cultural Association of Howard County’s (ICA) goal is to bring the diverse communities in Howard County together, share the Indian culture, and serve the community. During the pandemic, ICA focused its efforts on alleviating hunger. ICA has distributed over 2.3 million pounds of food (an estimated 2 million meals) to struggling families in Maryland. Between March 2020 and November 2021, more than 350 ICA volunteers distributed healthy and nutritious food from more than 125 Pop-Up Pantries, from the parking lots of schools, libraries, temples, churches, apartment complexes, senior homes, and trailer parks, with deliveries to homeless/women’s shelters, the disabled and to those who are homebound. ICA team worked tirelessly in the bitter cold, in the rain, snow, blistering heat to help fellow Marylanders. ICA is committed to serving those in need with the core belief that with simple acts of kindness we can change the world.
ICA President, Sanjay Srivastava, was awarded the prestigious 2021 Andrus Award, the ICA Youth SEVA Corps has been recognized by Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank, and the MD Governor’s office for Service & Volunteering for their contribution in alleviating hunger. ICA is expanding its efforts to alleviate hunger in Howard County and is developing a 25-acre farm dedicated to increasing nutritious food available to low-income families in Howard County. ICA was selected for the Governor’s Service Award in the 2021 Maryland Strong category.