WHAT WE DO

Heart of Dinner exists to combat food insecurity and isolation within NYC’s elderly Asian American community. We do this by delivering care packages of hot lunches and fresh produce every Wednesday, lovingly paired with a handwritten and illustrated letter in their native language to bring warmth and comfort.

WHAT WE DO

Turning care into action

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We rally energy and funds from our global community of supporters who we lovingly call "Big Hearts".

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Then, we support local
 small businesses by purchasing each lunchbox of freshly prepared hot foods and cases of Asian heritage crops.

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Big Hearts, our volunteers, write notes and illustrate bags for our heartwarming care packages.

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Finally, we deliver Heart of Dinner signature care packages of culturally thoughtful foods and loving messages to isolated and homebound Elderly within the AAPI communities.

Delivering love to Asian elders throughout NYC, one meal and loving message at a time.

Help us nourish the elders with culturally thoughtful food packages that we curate and bundle inside uniquely hand-illustrated bags with handwritten notes attached, and then hand-delivered to some of the most vulnerable AAPI communities.

IMPACT (AS OF 2022)

Thanks to our volunteers, partner restaurants, local food businesses and farms, and in-kind donations from people like you, we’ve managed to meaningfully impact many immigrant elders’ lives.

$500,000+ revenue for local businesses.

Over 100,000 meals delivered.
More than 500 Elders served weekly.
3,500+ volunteers brought together.

Jacqueline Russo Eng

Owner-Baker, Partybus Bakeshop

Working with Heart of Dinner has definitely been a huge help with keeping the business going and sustaining our employees. My whole staff is here working a full day and it feels really good. I think if not for Heart of Dinner bringing so many great people and businesses together, I would feel a lot darker right now.

IN THE MEDIA

Select press

“Their initiative arrives at a moment when many Asian people have been angry...and are seeking a way to feel reconnected to and empowered by their culture and community.”

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“They created Heart of Dinner to cook fresh food that older Asians in New York City would be familiar with...and deliver it all with a personal touch.”

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Thrillist 2020 Local Heroes

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GET INVOLVED

Want to help? We’d love to hear from you.

Deliver meals, write notes, illustrate bags, or fundraise on our behalf.

Volunteer

Donate produce or goods, or join our waitlist of paid restaurant partners.

Become a partner

Raise mutual proceeds for HoD and your brand, and advance both our missions along the way.

Brand collaborations

Inspired?

Help Heart Of Dinner nourish our community of elders.

Heart of Dinner is fiscally sponsored through Edward Charles Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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