Woks for Washington

Woks for Washington will be officially ending our year-long project on June 30, 2021.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 will be the last day to contribute via GoFundMe.

We are still accepting checks mailed to Players Philanthropy Fund, our fiscal sponsor, through the end of May! See below for a description of the check details and address:

Check Made Out To: Woks for Washington c/o Players Philanthropy Fund
Check Memo Line: Donation for Woks for Washington
Mailing Address:
Attention: Amy Fox at Players Philanthropy Fund
1122 Kenilworth Drive #201
Towson, MD 21204

Although it was a hard decision to make, given the progress we've made with our project, and the progress that the DMV area has made with fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to officially end our project at the 1-year mark.

Together, we will have helped put more than $30,000 back into our DMV area Asian American restaurant businesses, and will have donated more than 3,000 meals to medical workers and homeless shelters by the end of our project.

We wanted to extend a huge thank you to our donors for supporting us, our restaurants, and our meal recipients along this journey! The generosity and care we've seen this past year speaks volumes about the resiliency of the DMV area as a whole, and our Asian American community, as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic and the discrimination we are facing. Your support has been tremendous, and we hope you will continue to follow us on the rest of our journey.

Woks for Washington will continue to financially support our restaurant partners and deliver meals to our meal recipients through June 2021. Donations left unused by the end of our project will be divided evenly as grants to our restaurant partners.

If anyone or any organization would like to get in touch with our partners to support them outside of Woks for Washington’s project, please contact us through https://woksforwashington.com/contact/!


Woks for Washington  is a grassroots initiative based in the Washington, DC metro area, focused on supporting Asian restaurants following the rapid decline in business due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donations are used to purchase and deliver meals from local Asian restaurants to essential workers, homeless and emergency shelters, and others in the DC metro area with limited access to freshly made meals. Help us reach our 5,000+ meal goal by donating to support!

If you wish to mail your donation, please send a check made out to Woks for Washington to:

Woks for Washington c/o Players Philanthropy Fund
1122 Kenilworth Drive #201
Towson, MD 21204

If your employer matches for COVID-19 relief donations, please consider applying! Every contribution gets us closer to adding additional restaurant partners and meal recipients. Please reach out to us at [email redacted] with any questions on donations and matching.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen increased racism and xenophobia against the Asian American community, prompting us to reflect on our dual identities as both Asians and Americans. Having these dual backgrounds means that we have a duty to do our best for the good of our communities here in the DC area and in the US as a whole, and a duty to continue sharing our culture with our non-Asian brothers and sisters, so that one day we may lessen the underlying prejudices against us, and help to unify Americans and bridge racial divides.

We’ve chosen to focus on Asian cuisine due to the increased phobia of Asian spaces and food following COVID, and because we think Asian cuisine is an essential part of our culture.

Preserving Asian cuisine serves as a major way for the Asian community to continue to share what makes us so diverse with the rest of the world, since it's often one of the easiest and most palatable ways in which people can experience our culture. Through preserving Asian cuisine, we hope we can also help to maintain and grow the diversity unique to the DC area, and continue to play a part in making our capital a place that welcomes all races, cultures, and nationalities.

Our first initiative involves supporting Asian restaurants following the rapid decline in business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting our local Asian restaurants at this time of need helps us preserve the rich Asian American culture unique to the DC metro area, and allows us to continue sharing our vibrant culture with our community and visitors at large.

All donations will be used to buy and deliver meals from local Asian restaurants to essential workers, homeless and emergency shelters, and others with limited access to freshly made meals.


Woks for Washington updates our supporters on our progress and shares food facts to shine a spot light on lesser known Asian cuisines and dishes through our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Woks for Washington is project/fund using a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178), a Maryland charitable trust with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Woks for Washington are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Fundraising team: Woks for Washington Team (6)

Grace Shi
Raised $1,417 from 28 donations
Rockville, MD
Woks for Washington
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
Cathleen Shi
Team member
Raised $650 from 8 donations
Aditya Shukla
Team member
Raised $220 from 4 donations
Winnie Ho
Team member
Raised $70 from 2 donations
Catherine Wei
Team member
Raised $50 from 1 donation
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