Woks for Washington

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 info (at) woksforwashington.com 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.


More about Woks for Washington

We are here to serve as a platform for Asian Americans to raise our voices in support of Asian American solidarity. We want to show that every voice, project, and initiative counts.

To share real stories from real people about their Asian American  identities and how Asian cuisine has shaped those identities, we've started the Food for Thought blog. If you want to contribute, please fill out our contribution form  with your ideas! We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Woks for Washington also shares regular food facts to shine a spot light on lesser known Asian cuisines and dishes, and updates our supporters on our progress 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.


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Fundraising team: Woks for Washington Team (6)

Grace Shi 
Raised $1,417 from 28 donations
Rockville, MD
Woks for Washington 
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Cathleen Shi 
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Raised $650 from 8 donations
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Raised $220 from 4 donations
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