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Meals for Unity
Meals for Unity
Meals for Unity
Over the past year, since our inception in April 2021, with the assistance of our impassioned volunteers, we have served over 6,000 meals; and we are striving to continue to expand into different vulnerable communities in other NYC boroughs. This year, in May of 2022, we successfully hosted our first event in Brooklyn and will continue to strive to continue the expansion. We are currently, averaging 425 meals per month; our hope is to expand to 2-3 meal distribution events per month which will put our meal distributions between 10,000 - 15,000 over the span of next year. he issues around "Stop Asian Hate" really hit home for us as our founders, and extended teams, are primarily young Asian Americans. We recognize that we cannot accomplish anything alone, but with the dedication and support of others in our community, we can really help those who are disenfranchised. The young AAPI community has such a large call to action for the first time and we'd be remiss to ignore it. Throughout the COVID years, from 2020-2022, we have seen violence against AAPI elderly, our community has felt a predominant feeling of hopelessness, and many of our peers, our core members included, donated monetarily and time to local businesses in an act of support. Our organization is unique that in we continuously give our volunteers the ongoing opportunity to get involved: every month our volunteers meet meet at 7am on a Saturday to cook 150+ meals, pack and distribute them to the elderly in-person. It's a time consuming, yet very fulfilling, 7-hour experience. This program allows for hands-on contribution, donating both their time and energy. However, we're capped at 20 volunteers per month due to space. With our rapid growth, we have a growing 400+ volunteer database, with young professionals that want to help in-person. With this grant, we'll be able to host more events per month and exponentially increase, not only our impact on the elderly community, but also expand our volunteer openings. Overall, this causes a chain reaction that cannot be overlooked; the more young people we have invested in our organization, the more awareness of the issues our AAPI community faces, the more networks we influence, the more unified support we'll have in supporting local businesses. We've had people as young as 16-years-old reach out to us on how they can help. When we know better, we do better, and our vision is to make 'giving back' aspirational to our generation and the generations after us.
About the Organization:
$50,000 - $100,000
Impact of COVID: In April 2022, a vast majority of AAPI (82%) agree that the AAPI community faces discrimination and violence as a result of COVID. In addition, between 25-33% of Asian Americans have reported personally fearing their own, or their household members' safety, while venturing into public due to their ethnicity. These statistics compounding with the origin of COVID hinders recovery of Asian Businesses. In 2021, NYC saw a 4,000% unemployment spike in the AAPI community; and privately owned businesses, mom-and-pop shops have an uphill battle to recovery. Food Insecurity in NYC: There are over 1.1 million residents in NYC, or 12.9% of the population, that are facing food insecurities. New York residents make up nearly 50% of all food insecure people living in New York state. New York City's food insecurity rate is 12% higher than the national rate and 16% higher than New York state's rate. As we are a young organization, we are currently focusing, but not limiting, our efforts on the community that we have the most connection with, starting with the AAPI elderly community through monthly meal donation events. New York City’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has the greatest wealth disparity with 1 in 4 individuals living in poverty and nearly half of the AAPI seniors facing food insecurities daily. In addition, with the impact of COVID we saw an exponential spike of local Asian restaurants and private businesses facing closure.
The Gold Futures Challenge grant will assist us in funding our raw materials from local suppliers and food businesses to fundraising events as we gather volunteers each month to physically prep, cook, and package the meals to help provide immediate relief for those suffering from food insecurity. The funds that we will obtain from the Gold Futures Challenge will directly be cycled back into the local community as we will purchase or raw materials from local businesses and wholesalers in order to fully cook our nutritious meals to provide back to the AAPI community. We will not only provide meals to the most vulnerable in our community, but this will assist us in reinvigorating and amplifying local businesses. Over the past year, since our inception in April 2021, with the assistance of our impassioned volunteers, we have served over 6,000 meals; and we are striving to continue to expand into different vulnerable communities in other NYC boroughs. This year, in May of 2022, we successfully hosted our first event in Brooklyn and will continue to strive to continue the expansion. We are currently, averaging 425 meals per month; our hope is to expand to 2-3 meal distribution events per month which will put our meal distributions between 10,000 - 15,000 over the span of next year.