UA3's Community Response to COVID-19
Community First Food Pantry
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 and Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM
*food pickup is between 11-3:30 PM by appointment only
Subject to Change
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.
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 all across, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, including hardest-hit neighborhoods such as Brownsville, Sunset Park, Jamaica, Elmhurst, Flushing, and South Bronx.
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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 2,750% increase in food pantry clientele since the COVID-19 crisis.
From 400 to 11,000 clients/week
FOOD INSECURITY IN NYC
BY THE NUMBERS
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.
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: .
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
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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 2020, UA3 has delivered over 500,000 PPEs to community members and 2,000+ 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.