Even though restaurants are struggling because of the ongoing shutdown on dining in due to COVID-19, many are raising funds to feed health care workers who are at the frontline of the battle. Many hospital workers are unable to leave to get food due to backbreaking shifts and the immense strain the virus has placed on the city’s hospitals. The number of patients admitted to the city’s hospitals will likely rise this month, putting even more pressure on the health care community, and the restaurant industry is mobilizing in greater number everyday to feed them.
Here is a list of restaurants and groups organizing bento boxes, pizzas, rice bowls and more, and all are accepting donations to ramp up their efforts.
Girl Scouts of Greater New York: the youth organization has already donated 40,000 boxes to the city’s NYC Health and Hospital employees, and is hoping to donate 100,000 boxes.
The Migrant Kitchen: From the chef behind Chelsea Palestinian restaurant Qanoon, the Migrant Kitchen is currently serving 1,000 meals a day to the city’s health care workers and is hoping to increase that number to 2,000 meals per day.
Butterfield Market: UES artisanal market Butterfield is raising funds to send thousands of sandwiches to health care workers at Lenox Hill hospital, Metropolitan Hospital, and New York Presbyterian Hospital.
S’MAC: East Village macaroni and cheese destination is asking donors to purchase a gift card online and then forward that email to email@example.com, so the restaurant can use those funds to feed health care workers.
Barcha: East Harlem Mediterranean restaurant Barcha has been donating meals to hospital workers for more than a week and is accepting donations through Venmo and Paypal to keep going.
886: Taiwanese restaurant 886 is working with Ho Foods and Raku to deliver bento boxes to more than a dozen hospitals in the city right now. The East Village restaurants have already delivered more than a thousand meals.
New York Presbyterian: Students at Cornell and Columbia Universities’ medical schools are raising money to feed health care workers across the city. They have delivered more than 10,000 meals from dozens of restaurants so far and are hoping to deliver 22,000 meals in the next two weeks.
Ruby’s: Australian cafe Ruby’s, which has three locations in NYC, has raised more than $50,000 of a $75,000 goal to feed health care workers across the city. The restaurant has been preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a group of hospitals in Manhattan and plans to deliver 700 meals this week.
The Wheelhouse: Bushwick sandwich spot the Wheelhouse along with sister restaurant Millie’s Cuban Cafe are raising money to feed hospital workers in Brooklyn. So far, the restaurant has raised just over $1,600 of its $5,000 goal.
The Deep End: Bushwick cocktail bar the Deep End is delivering up to 200 meals a day to workers at Brooklyn Hospital and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. The restaurant’s fundraising effort has generated a little over $9,000 so far, with plans to reach $25,000.
Dough Donuts: The cult-favorite doughnut shop has launched an effort called Frontline Sweet Support which funds boxes of doughnuts sent to hospitals across the city.
Billy’s Pizza: Part of a nationwide fundraising effort to send pizzas to health care workers, this Brooklyn pizzeria has already delivered hundreds of pies to hospitals in the borough.
FieldTrip: Chef JJ Johnson’s Harlem rice bowl restaurant is raising funds to feed its health care workers and pay its staff.
Everyman Espresso: This coffee mini-chain is raising money to send coffee to health care workers as part of an effort called Fuel the Frontlines.
Saigon Social: LES Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Social has served more than 500 meals to hospital workers and is continuing to raise funds through a broader effort called Frontline Foods.
Gomi Wine Bar: East Village Korean spot Gomi is accepting donations through its Venmo account @GomiNYC to feed hospital staff. The restaurant plans to donate 1,000 meals.
Mimi Cheng’s: The dumpling spot has already served 1,600 meals to hospital workers and is continuing to raise funds to feed more.
Adda: Popular Long Island City Indian restaurant Adda is part of a larger fundraising effort called Off Their Plate that has donated more than 43,000 meals to hospital staff so far.
The Queensboro: Jackson Heights American restaurant the Queensboro is making meals for Queens Together.
Pinch Chinese: Soho Chinese restaurant Pinch is part of the larger Feeding the Frontline initiative and has donated meals to four different hospitals in the city so far.
Marc Forgione: The chef and his eponymous restaurant have partnered with other Tribeca restaurants like Khe-Yo, Aneja, and Zuckers to raise funds for a handful of Manhattan hospitals.
Sauce Pizzeria: East Village slice shop Sauce has already donated more than 3,000 pizzas to 40 hospitals in the city since March 18, and is raising funds to continue to do more runs.
Tarallucci e Vino: The NYC Italian chain started the Feed the Frontlines initiative which has raised more than $700,000 so far and served nearly 15,000 meals to health care workers around the city.
Junzi Kitchen: Chinese fast-casual restaurant Junzi has partnered with the New York Presbyterian network of hospitals to feed health care workers. Every $10 donated by customers goes toward one meal for hospital staff.
Fields Good Chicken: The chicken-centric fast-casual spot has donated more than 750 meals to the city’s hospitals so far and has started a fundraising effort called Birds for Good to feed more.
Pizza for the Heroes: This volunteer effort places orders with pizzerias like Mama’s Too, Joe’s Pizza, Prince Street Pizza, L&B Spumoni Gardens, and then delivers them to local hospitals.
The Village Den: Antoni Porowski’s health food restaurant has donated 200 meals so far and has generated enough funds to donate 2,000. The restaurant is continuing its fundraising effort.
TabeTomo: East Village Tsukemen Ramen spot TabeTomo is part of an effort called Feed Your Hospital that has raised more than $20,000 so far is donating meals to paramedics, EMTS, and volunteer health care workers among others.
Sophie’s Cuban: Mini-chain Sophie’s has raised more than $8,000 toward its $30,000 goal of feeding health care workers across the city.
Sweetcatch Poke: The poke bowl restaurant has donated 210 bowls to hospitals so far and is raising funds to donate more.
Curry-Ya: The Japanese restaurant is accepting funds on venmo to send boxes of curry to health care workers.
La Bagel Delight: Park Slope residents have been sending money this local bagel shop so health care workers stopping by can have a free meal.