Korean Community Center of the East Bay secured the support of SF New Deal to provide lunch for vulnerable seniors under COVID 19 crisis. Korean restaurants (Namu, K-Element) will prepare lunch for 150 Korean seniors in San Francisco between April 13 and the end of May. SF New Deal’s mission is to provide immediate relief to San Francisco small businesses and residents in need under the COVID 19 crisis. Their first program pairs restaurants with delivery sites to bring food to families and individuals with the highest risk of infection by COVID-19. Participating restaurants get paid $10 per person per meal. The cost of a meal for 150 Korean seniors is $1,500 per day and will be over $80,000 by the end of May.
This opportunity was introduced to the KCCEB by Asian Pacific Fund, one of KCCEB’s supporters. The Asian Pacific Fund worked with SF New Deal to broaden its outreach to the Asian community in San Francisco. Audrey Yamamoto, the CEO of APF said, “One of the Fund’s affiliate nonprofits, KCCEB, suggested the addition of KASSI and thanks to the Fund’s advocacy, that will become a reality starting Monday, April 13.” June Lee, the executive director at KCCEB, said “We are grateful for APF’s strong advocacy for the Asian community”
“Even if we secure food, we wouldn’t be able to do this without a point of contact and delivery site in San Francisco,” June said, “we are so grateful Korean Center Inc. agreed to be the drop off site and central coordination point”. Another logistical issue was delivery from the drop off site to seniors’ residences, which involved the collaborative work of KCI, KCCEB, KACF-SF, and KASSI. KCI will lead the effort in recruiting and managing volunteers. The team has very strict safety and health protocol for this process.
“We would like to thank KACF-SF for bringing our organizations together so that we can do more for our Korean community,” June said. Lina Park, the Executive Director of KACF-SF said, “We have been working to support and build the capacity of Korean organizations in the past few years. Fostering collaboration and collective action also has been one of our main goals. This collaboration is a great example of how Korean organizations can work together, playing on mutual strength under a shared goal.”
If you are interested in volunteering for delivery, please contact Art Choi at firstname.lastname@example.org / (925) 338-0676