UA3's Community Response to COVID-19 

Community First Food Pantry

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View the Youth Community Club's Volunteerism

UA3 created the Community First Food Pantry in the wake of the

COVID-19 pandemic to combat food insecurity. Populations that are most affected are often overlooked and include racial minority groups, seniors, people with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and undocumented immigrants.

We package and deliver foods from Trader Joe's donations and the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to NYCHA residencies, senior citizen homes, and tenement buildings throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and South Bronx. The food packages consist of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, milk, eggs, baked goods, cereals, and cheeses.

Address: 384 Grand Street New York, NY 10002

Hours of Operation: Mondays from 8 AM to 5 PM 

*food pickup is between 11-3:30 PM by appointment only

We are the first food pantry to open in Chinatown, Manhattan.

Our original food pantry operation began in April 2020, but in order to accommodate a larger capacity, we moved to our current permanent location at 384 Grand Street. This new pantry was renamed the Community First Food Pantry and was created in partnership with Councilmember Margaret Chin and Covenant Mercy Mission. We work together with Manor Community Church's food pantry at 350 W 26th Street to deliver foods throughout NYC.

OUR IMPACT

3 MILLION+

POUNDS 

since April 2020

At least 330,000 pounds of food are distributed per week

Over 11,000 gallons of milk are distributed per week

Food is the uniting force that brings people and community together. 

UA3 believes people of all race, creed, sexual orientation, and gender should have access to nutritious food to live a healthy life.

Together with the Manor Community Church food pantry, we continue to expand our area of service and deliver packages to NYCHA, senior, and low-income residences, and tenements in Manhattan, to local food pantries and distribution sites in Harlem, and all across Brooklyn and Queens including Brownsville, Sunset Park, Jamaica and Flushing. 

Interact with the map to see where we make deliveries.

One in Four New Yorkers face food insecurity due to COVID-19.

"Before the coronavirus, we thought somewhere around a million people were food insecure and needed food. Now we think that number is 2 million or more."

-Mayor Bill De Blasio

May 21, 2020

There's been a 900% increase in food pantry clientele since the COVID-19 crisis. 

From 400 to 4000 clients/week 

FOOD INSECURITY IN NYC

BY THE NUMBERS

THE CHALLENGE

UA3's goal is to improve the food pantry's infrastructure and expand capacity to serve more vulnerable communities in NYC.

We are working towards our goal of feeding 13,000-15,000 people/week, distributing 400,000 pounds/week, and 12,000 gallons of milk/week.

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Future Change Makers Join Our Pantry

In addition to the help of our regular volunteers, we are so excited to welcome a group of young volunteers (ages 10 to 15) from the Youth Community Club, a youth group of Chinese Coffee Club, to help out at our pantry. 

Each week, a group of 8 youth volunteers, accompanied by two parents who help coordinate the logistics, rise up early to drive all the way from Westchester, NY to our lower Manhattan location. These young volunteers work tirelessly and swiftly to help sort, bag, and prepare food packages to meet the schedules for pick up and deliveries by other volunteers and other community organizations.    

About the Chinese Coffee Club, ACUC, & Youth Community Club

The Chinese Coffee Club is a network of more than 1,000 Chinese Americans. Most are first generation professional immigrants in NYC.

During the start of COVID-19 pandemic, they organized a notable donation campaign by forming the ACUC (American Chinese United Care) alliance. In a very short time, since March, they raised a whopping $5.8 million worth of cash donations and PPE supplies to assist greater New York. The ACUC alliance is comprised of 159 Chinese American organizations, alumni organizations, and small businesses. 

An ACUC founder, Ms. Angelene Huang, launched the Youth Community Club with a goal to raise the next generation of Chinese Americans with more social responsibility.

UA3 is grateful that Ms. Huang connected with our pantry to offer their help and created this wonderful opportunity for our youth to participate in community service.

To learn more about The Youth Community Club, 青少年社务俱乐部, a youth group of Chinese Coffee Club, 华人咖啡俱乐部, please visit: www.chinesecoffeeclub.com.

Friends of ACUC alliance, Chinese Coffee Club, or the Youth Community Club can support the work of the Community First Food Pantry by donating here:  

Federal Tax ID 47-4803090

NOTE: Please put "YCC" in the message box after checking off "write a comment" when making a donation

100% of the proceeds donated through this link will be devoted to the operation costs of the food pantry.  

Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law

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Supporting Our Frontline Heroes

With the pandemic in full-force, UA3 rapidly responded to provide PPEs and meals to frontline heroes in the battle to save lives.

Since March, UA3 has delivered over 6,000 PPEs (gloves, masks, medical gowns) and 1,800 hot gourmet meals to healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers.

Since the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed on March 1, 2020 our first responders - healthcare workers, fire fighters, EMS medics, and other essential workers - have been working non-stop to combat the influx of COVID-19 cases.

Brooklyn: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York Community Hospital, Kings County Hospital and Medical Center, Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, FDNY EMS Station 44

 

Manhattan: Bellevue Hospital, Harlem Hospital Center, New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital.

 

Queens: Elmhurst Hospital Medical Center, Queens Hospital Center

 

Staten Island: Clove Lake Health Care, Eger Health Care, FDNY EMS #22, FDNY EMS #23, NYPD Precinct  #121, NYPD Precinct #120

Locations We Serve

 

WAYS TO GIVE

Through volunteerism, donation, sponsorship, partnership, and advocacy, show your support for the Community First Food Pantry and UA3

Please complete the following for volunteer opportunities

VOLUNTEER

Support New Yorkers who face food insecurity and hunger

Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law

Federal Tax ID 47-4803090

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To sponsor or partner with our efforts, please contact,

Chi Loek at chi.loek@ua3now.org

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

THANK YOU ! 

Supporters, Organizational Partners, & Donors of UA3’s COVID-19 Response Efforts 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

​Al-Arafa Islamic Center 

Alfred E. Smith Houses

Al Insan Islamic center 

Al Koaba Mosjid 

Al Madani Mosjid

American Hotel Owners Charitable Association, Inc.

Atlantic Towers

Bangladesh Society

Bangladeshi American Islamic Center 

Bangladeshi American Society, Inc.

Bangladeshi American Student Association 

Bowery Mission

Bowne St. Community Church

Brooklyn Community Foundation

Charity Baptist Church of Christ

China AIDs Fund, Inc.

Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation

Chinese Coffee Club – Youth Community Club

Chung Park LDC

Church of the Nazarene

City of Refuge Deliverance Church

Community, Conversation & Collaboration

Covenant Mercy Mission

CPC Open Door Senior Center

Day2 Multi-Purpose Center

F.A.R.M

Florentino Plaza

Garden of Hope

Gods Glory Ministry

Grace Tabernacle

Grand Street Guild

Greater Bethel Community Development Corporation 

Green Top Farms

Holy Ghost Upper Room Filling Station of Faith Tabernacle

Human Rights World Development Fund

Independent Community Living

Lifting You for Tomorrow’s Success

Manhattan Downtown Bangladeshi Community Association, Inc. 

Manor Community Church Food Pantry

Mending Broken Pieces Ministries Inc

Mo Better Jaguars

Moak Yang Presbyterian Church

Mosjid Mission Center 

Mosque 7C

Moulovi Bazaar District Society

New Beginnings Outreach, Inc. 

DONORS

New York Cares

New York Count 2020

New York Global Leaders Lions Club

Noble Drew Ali

NYC Chinese American Support Corp.

NY Cosmopolitan Lions Club

NY Japanese-American Lions Club

Pacific Street Block Association

Porttal Fii Bhantal Fouta Djallon

Prosperity in the Hood

rethink Food

Riazul Jannah Islamic Center 

Richmond Hill /South Ozone Park Lions 

Sarbajani Puja Utjapon Parishad

Sino America New York Brooklyn Archway Association Corp

Sisterhood Inc

South Asian Foundation for Education, Scholarship and Training

South Jamaica Houses

Spirit and Word Evangelism Center

St. Anthony of Padua RC Church

St. Johns Penecostal

St. Teresa of Avila RC Church

Tai Shan Du Hu Association of America Inc

The American Buddhist Confederation

The Lions Club, Inc (Jamaica)

United Madrassi Association

Universe City

US Taishanese Volleyball Association

Victory Assembly of God

Vision Urbana, Inc.

Welcome to Chinatown

Wenzhou Association of Industry & Commerce of America

Wings of Eagle Deliverance Church of God

World Hug Foundation

100 Suits for 100 Men

1199SEIU

384 Grand Street, HDFC

DIAMOND

384 Grand Street, HDFC

United Way of New York City

Con Edison

GOLD

Brooklyn Community Foundation

China AIDS Fund

SILVER

Pepsico

Howard Hughes Corporation

National Grid

BRONZE

Jenny Chan

Kin Wah Lee

Lions Club International

Veronica Cheong

Xiaohong Huang

Xinyu Pan + Paul Sargen

SUPPORTERS

Fredrick ​& Lorri Reiger

Peter & Joanne Pergolis

Bianca Ng

Lee Family Fund of Ayco Charitable Foundation

IN-KIND DONATIONS

Bánh by Lauren

Chinese Coffee Club- Youth Community Club

Edward M. Dean

Grand Street Guild

Greater NY Chinese Dollars for Scholars

Howard Hughes Corporation

iFresh, Inc.

Lions Club International

Lu's Foundation Limited

Murray International Trading Co.

Owen Huang

SUPPORTING OFFICIALS

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Congresswoman Grace Meng

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Councilmember Margaret Chin

Councilmember Adrienne Adams

Councilmember Justin Brannan

FRIENDS

Aki Ando

Ai Ling Wang

Amy Lau

Andrew Yuk Sing Yu

Bentley Zhao

Brenda Wong

Charles P. Wang

Chi Loek

Ching He

Debbie Lee

Elizabeth OuYang

Ginny Zhu

Gloria Chin

Ianzhen Zhou

Jacqueline Huey

Janine Barnshaw

Jeff Ribakoff

John Lam

Joyce Yu

Ki Kun Lam

Lanzhen Zhou

Lauren Tran

Lidan Yang

Lily Leong

Linda Young

Linying Liu

Lisa Lee

Lu Zhang

Maggie Li

Mannar Wong

Mari Morimoto

Matthew Sandager

Max Klein

Michael Lai

Michelle Lim

Mona So

NY Cosmopolitan Lions Club

Nancy Wong

Ngee-Pong Chang

Ping Yang

Qinghua Wang

Robin Kramer

Robin Mui

Roger Ho

Salome James

Samantha Wong

Sandy Lee

Sherman Eng

Sok-Wah Lee

Susan Louie

Thomas Lim

Virginia Myung

Wei Li

Xiaocui Ge

Xiaofong Wei

Xinkai Hu

Yanye Li

Yeren Sun

Ying Shi

CORPORATE SUPPORTERS

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