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Local Partners

Meet the independent businesses we are deeply proud to partner with and carry out our mission together with purpose and integrity! Beginning in April 2020, we work with local restaurant partners by purchasing each lunchbox of freshly cooked dishes; and local food distributors by placing bulk orders of Asian heritage crops. Currently we work with Eat Gai, Wu's Wonton King, Chinah, Partybus Bakeshop, Saigon Social, Asian Veggies, and Asia Supply.

Helen was one of our first restaurant partners and donated her first two deliveries (300+ hot lunches!) Since then, Helen and the Saigon Social team have continued to cook thousands of culturally thoughtful dishes for elderly recipients.

Helen Nguyen

Chef-Owner, Saigon Social

Jacqueline first reached out to us to donate focaccia and desserts when we first began our initiative. Jacqueline and the Partybus Bakeshop team have since baked thousands of custom-orders of milk toast and our Heart of Dinner x Partybus Bakeshop collaboration scallion buns for all of our elders every week.

Jacqueline Russo Eng

Founder and Baker, Partybus Bakeshop

Maiko and Chef Emily Yuen along with the Bessou team have continually cooked delicious Japanese home-style meals that nourish our senior recipients.

Maiko Kyogoku

Restauranteur and Owner, Bessou

We’re proud to work with our restaurant partners.

Thank you to our past partners: Daniel Le of Essex Pearl, Maiko Kyogoku (restauranteur and owner) and Emily Yuen (chef) of Bessou, Sam Yoo of Golden Diner, Eric Sze of 886, Yen Ngo of Van Da, Hannah Wong of Van Da and Haema, and Jae Lee of NoWon.

Sponsor Farms

We couldn’t have gotten to where we are without our incredible sponsor farms, who donate excess produce to help keep our seniors nourished.

Helen Nguyen

Owner-Chef, Saigon Social

Heart of Dinner has definitely given us a different sense of purpose, not just as individuals, but as business owners, as well as community.

Christina is the owner and farmer of Choy Division, a half-acre diversified vegetable farm with a focus on growing East Asian heritage crops using regenerative agricultural techniques. For her, farming is about more than putting seeds in the ground—it’s about the cultivation of the community around you. After all, food is what connects each and every one of us. Christina believes that fresh, locally grown food is a right, not a privilege, and strives to make her produce accessible to all communities.

Christina Chan

Amanda is a farmer at Star Route Farm, a farm with a social justice mission. She and her team seek to address food inequities by growing nutritious food, farming with integrity and responsibility, distributing produce to those who are food insecure, and crop-planning with the communities they’re growing for to ensure their produce is culturally relevant.

Amanda Wong

Larry is the “Farmer-In-Chief” at Dig, the company behind the seasonal food chain Dig Inn. In order to better support their foodshed and understand the demands they were making on local farms, Larry and his team started their own farm, Dig Acres.

Larry Tse
Visit Dig Acres

Rise and Root Farm is committed to engaging rural and urban communities through food and farming. They have worked with community gardens and urban farms in NYC and beyond, having dedicated their lives to increasing the number of people growing and eating good food. Passionate about justice and equity, the team is invested in building a strong local food economy.

Rise and Root Farm

We’re grateful for any donations of Asian heritage and culturally thoughtful produce. If you have some to donate, we’d love to hear from you.

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