UA3's Community Response to COVID-19 

Community First Food Pantry

View Frontline Workers Meals & PPEs Initiative 

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

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 200,000 pounds of food are distributed per week

Over 3000 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. 

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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 51% increase in NYC's food pantry clientele since the COVID-19 crisis. 

Statistic courtesy of Food Bank for New York City 




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 5,000 - 10,000 people per 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

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



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

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


Alfred E. Smith Houses

American Hotel Owners Charitable Association, Inc.Bowery Mission

Brooklyn Community Foundation

China AIDs Fund, Inc.

Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation

Chinese Coffee Club – Youth Community Club

Chung Park LDC

Covenant Mercy Mission

CPC Open Door Senior Center

Grand Street Guild

Green Top Farms

Manhattan Downtown Bangladeshi Community Association, Inc. 

Manor Community Church Food Pantry

New York Cares

New York Count 2020

New York Global Leaders Lions Club

NYC Chinese American Support Corp.

NY Cosmopolitan Lions Club

NY Japanese-American Lions Club

rethink Food

The American Buddhist Confederation

US Taishanese Volleyball Association

Vision Urbana, Inc.

Wenzhou Association of Industry & Commerce of America


384 Grand Street, HDFC




384 Grand Street, HDFC

United Way of New York City


Brooklyn Community Foundation

Con Edison




Jenny Chan

Kin Wah Lee

Lions Club International

Veronica Cheong


Fredrick ​& Lorri Reiger

Peter & Joanne Pergolis

Xiaohong Huang


Chinese Coffee Club- Youth Community Club

Grand Street Guild

Greater NY Chinese Dollars for Scholars

Howard Hughes Corporation

iFresh, Inc.

Lions Club International

Lu's Foundation Limited

Owen Huang


U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gilibrand

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis

Councilmember Margaret Chin

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

Lidan Yang

Lily Leong

Linda Young

Linying Liu

Lisa Lee

Lu Zhang

Maggie Li

Mannar Wong

Mari Morimoto

Michael Lai

Mona So

NY Cosmopolitan Lions Club

Ngee-Pong Chang

Ping Yang

Qinghua Wang

Robin Kramer

Robin Mui

Roger Ho

Salome James

Samantha Wong

Sherman Eng

Sok-Wah Lee

Susan Louie

Virginia Myung

Wei Li

Xiaocui Ge

Xiaofong Wei

Xinkai Hu

Yanye Li

Yeren Sun

Ying Shi


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