Asian Food Collective

Asian Food Collective

Asian Food Collective (AFC) is dedicated to bringing culturally relevant meals to South Philly. We are building community through food as volunteers connect with each other through cooking and community members are fed with familiar food that is nourishing for the body and morale. Culturally relevant food can lead to

Asian Food Collective

Asian Food Collective (AFC) is dedicated to bringing culturally relevant meals to South Philly. We are building community through food as volunteers connect with each other through cooking and community members are fed with familiar food that is nourishing for the body and morale. Culturally relevant food can lead to destigmatizing food insecurity as people feel less shame and are encouraged to shop donated food they recognize.

About the Organization:

Asian Food Collective (AFC) is dedicated to bringing culturally relevant meals to South Philly. We are building community through food as volunteers connect with each other through cooking and community members are fed with familiar food that is nourishing for the body and morale. Culturally relevant food can lead to destigmatizing food insecurity as people feel less shame and are encouraged to shop donated food they recognize.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

0-5 Years

The Issue:

Philadelphia is the poorest large city in the country; the national poverty rate is 11.6% whereas the city’s rate is 25.8%. 1 in 5 households in Philly are food insecure or do not have consistent access to fresh, healthy food. However, much of the city’s data does not account for Asian communities or has a low sample size. The national food bank, Feeding America only started collecting race and ethnicity data in 2019. The latest Map the Meal Gap study estimates 6% of Asian Americans experience food insecurity nationally. However, the missing data does not draw the full picture of food insecurity in Asian communities, especially in Philly. It is estimated that 26.3% of the Asian population in Philly live in poverty. The national poverty rate for the Asian population is 8.1%. The Asian community in Philly experiences poverty over 3 times the national rate, yet they are widely unaccounted for and described as a “ hidden hunger ” by NBC reporter Amy Yee. Since 2020, Anti-Asian violence has risen, many Asian-owned businesses have closed, and Asian food staples, such as rice, tofu, and sriracha have increased in cost. In Philly, Asian Americans have grappled with the effects of racism almost immediately when the pandemic began. Asian-led organizations, such as Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) and the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition (SEAMAAC) have reported that their community pantry and food distribution site respectively have seen an increase in usage over the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation has exacerbated food insecurity.

The Solution:

The mission of AFC is two-fold. We provide a space for people to cook together, build community, and learn about various Asian cuisines. The meals that are made are donated to community fridges in South Philly in neighborhoods with a high Asian population. Neighbors have access to culturally relevant, hot meals. AFC is currently planning wellness events later in the summer that ties in cooking, body positivity, and a discussion on cultural identity. We also hope to expand our ability to deliver meals more directly to community members in the future.

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