Since 2008, Project Downtown Cincinnati has distributed tens of thousands of meals to Cincinnati residents in need.

What We Do

Project Downtown is a nationwide initiative that began with a few students that were dissatisfied. Dissatisfied with the plight of homeless and needy individuals in cities across the nation, dissatisfied with the blind eye that society has turned toward them, and dissatisfied to their own non-contribution to the betterment of their own communities. So they turned their dissatisfaction into action. 

They gathered what little resources they had and passed it out in the heart of Downtown Miami, Florida. The students continued to visit their friends every Friday to offer whatever modest, unconditional gifts they could offer. But besides the physical support, Project Downtown volunteers are there every week to remember people that have been forgotten, to lend a empathic ear to their plight, and to offer words of emotional support. On multiple occasions, the downtown friends remarked "when other people come here they feed us like we are animals. But when you come, we feel the love. We feel that you truly care."

In 2008, Project Downtown Cincinnati was created. It has since distributed tens of thousands of meals to Cincinnati residents in need. The organization is largely guided by one verse of the Holy Quran, applied to Cincinnati, Ohio.


"We feed you for the sake of God alone, no reward do we seek, nor thanks." (Holy Qur'an,76:9).

Our Mission

To provide essential services for the homeless and disadvantaged segments of Cincinnati. 

What We've Achieved

  • Over 4000 lunches distributed each year
  • Over 6000 pounds of bread distributed each year
  • Hundreds of turkeys distributed every Thanksgiving
  • Thousands of smiles served
  • Thousands of bellies filled

Thanks so much for this lunch. I haven’t eaten in three days. I know it doesn’t mean that much to you guys, but it means so much to me
— Recipient, April 2014