Heart of Dinner

47495214_1587259447692180_r.jpeg(Photo of the elderly residents we provided meals for on April 1st, 2020. Courtesy of the Chinese-American Planning Council.)

We've turned Heart of Dinner  (formerly Table to Table NYC) into a relief efforts hub providing comforting meals for those most vulnerable in/near the Chinatown area with a heavy focus on the homebound elderly. We are especially reminded of our immigrant grandparents who would have had difficulty asking for help during these times because of language and cultural barriers.


•To read an article in VICE spotlighting Heart of Dinner's hot meals and handwritten letters, please click here.
•To read an article in VOGUE spotlighting Heart of Dinner, please click here.
•To read an article in WORLD JOURNAL 世界日報 highlighting our efforts, please click here

47495214_1587263169158832_r.jpeg(Photo of the elderly residents Heart of Dinner provided meals for on April 15th in partnership with Helen Nguyen of Saigon Social: Photo courtesy of the Chinese-American Planning Council. )

Did you know $15 will feed a donee for a day in various forms meals like hot lunchboxes, care packages, and/or pantry and produce essentials?

As of April 22nd, we were able to provide 2,152 meals. 

Our goal is to provide up to 20,000 meals if we reach the $100,000 fundraising goal!

From the conversations we've had with various social services organizations, we've learned how quickly the landscape of needs shift and change on a near day-to-day basis. Your kind contributions allow us to adapt and scale to meet the needs of various organizations and continue providing meals for the underserved in densely populated Asian neighborhoods like our elderly and members in our community with disabilities. The donations also enable us to thank the organizations that have dedicated their efforts to providing support for our residents and neighbors here in Chinatown by nourishing them with hot meals.

Donations will also allow us to scale with restaurant partners to produce more hot meals, and work with local food distributors to continue providing pantry and produce essentials for recipients to nourish them for a longer period of time. 

Curious about the kinds of meals we make?
We take the time to select ingredients that are nutritious. For one of the meals, we made a healthy brown rice porridge topped with stir-fried eggs with tomatoes and scallions, grilled oyster mushrooms, and crunchy daikon. This dish is reminiscent of what our grandparents would make in Taiwan and we wanted to provide as much comfort as there is nourishment.

During the calls with the organizations, we've also learned that the general isolation and loneliness have been a critical pain point for many. As much as we want to nourish our recipients, we want to provide the same kind of sustenance for their hearts and their minds as much as we aim to with their bellies. We handwrote notes of love and support in Chinese on the to-go containers of the first 200+ meals that we cooked. We're now working closely with our community of supporters and donors and inviting them to write a handwritten letter in Chinese for us to include with each meal. If you’d love to join us, please read our Instagram post with the directions which includes our mailing address to snailmail your letters.  

To learn more about our original mission
to work against stigma and discrimination towards our Asian community that has come hand-in-hand with the coronavirus through our postponed food tours, please read our full mission here

Thank you, most sincerely, for your generosity. We could not do this without you and are grateful to lean on our community.


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