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Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, UA3 has stepped up its vital role as an on-the-ground community partner ensuring uninterrupted, direct support for the most needy local residents. We have distributed over $20M worth of fresh produce and food products, ten million facial masks, and $10M worth of hand sanitizers and related healthcare products. Our recipients include fragile seniors, undocumented residents, people with disabilities, and those living at or below the poverty line in SRO and NYCHA accommodations.
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.
We want to provide our pantry recipients with health information since our population has been struggling with heart problems, diabetes, and high blood pressure. To help incorporate unfamiliar, nutritious ingredients into their diet, UA3 has been hosting workshops to help our patrons get in the know.