Brooklyn Candlelight Brights The Darkness ❤️

Jess and Elizabeth owner of Thai Farm Kitchen a Kensington eatery has been hit just as hard as any other local business.
However, they’re offering since March 21st 2020 to deliver free lunches to locals who need them in attempt to shine a light during dark times.


Brooklyn Thai Restaurant donates meals to seniors amid coronavirus pandemic  “We just want to be a small candlelight to the community, and make some light in the darkness,” said Jess Calvo, the owner of Thai Farm Kitchen.

The Church Avenue restaurant is offering to deliver lunches right to the door of anyone who needs in their neighborhood, including seniors, children and people with disabilities, without expectation of a tip or any unnecessary human contact.

Jess Calvo, who owns Thai Farm Kitchen along with his wife Elizabeth Kanyawee Calvo, said they decided to pitch in after watching the groundswell of negativity and suffering that has stemmed from the spread of the novel coronavirus, including hate crimes towards Asians, mass layoffs, and scammers seeking to exploit the vulnerable.

The Kensington restaurateur said they felt the need to help however and whoever they could, and that everyone who is able should try and do the same.

“If you can offer just a small gesture to anybody, even helping someone crossing the road would be good enough,” they said.

They had been supporting the community since March 21st 2020 and as of April 27th 2020, their restaurant is delivering to about forty people per day, but that number is growing as more people reach out to them.

Already, Thai Farm Kitchen has helped some seniors in the neighborhood, including a 70-year-old woman who is looking after her 8-year-old grandson while his mother is quarantined with coronavirus.

All have responded with gratitude, with some breaking down in tears as they thanked Calvo — who makes sure to check in on those he helps over the phone as they may be isolated.


Meanwhile, Thai Farm Kitchen has been hit just as hard as any other local business, said Calvo, who has had to move his full-time staff to a part-time schedule while he remains open for takeout and delivery only.

But, while the staff may be working less, Calvo said the opportunity to help others has given his employees a sense of purpose during the pandemic, and that others looking to volunteer have even reached out offering to help with deliveries.

“They feel honored to do this,” he said. “They feel that they are also helping other people, they feel connected, they feel that they are doing something great, everybody is lifting up their candle.”

Currently, over thirty volunteers in the neighborhood are supporting the Calvo’s to do the food deliveries each day to the front door of those within their care.

They’re not giving up to support free lunches everyday to elders, handicapped, children and those who can’t support their selves during this challenging moment.

If you want to help, please chip in $20, $50, $100 or what ever you can afford. Your contribution can make a difference to help those in need within their care ❤️

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