The FoodWithLove story begins with Kevin Ho and Bruce Lin, two restaurant owners in the Seattle area. Their friends asked them how they could help them and their relatives working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis and she answered: “Hot Pot”.
Initially, the idea was to boost morale among clinicians working long hours, but when the shelter in place was enacted and restaurants throughout the city closed, clinicians could no longer step off the unit to grab food nearby. Deliveries of prepared food became a core support measure for frontline workers.
Their friends Sylvia Chin, Lili Lv and Alex Cai realized that two issues brought about by COVID-19 could be tackled through a single program: if restaurants could prepare meals for healthcare workers using money given to them through donations from the community, this would bring back business and keep their kitchens open, while also providing workers on the frontlines the fuel they need.
As it turns out, similar ideas had sparked all over the community and what began as independent efforts with a shared vision has become a unified movement with a shared mission: support our local restaurants that have been impacted by shelter-in-place measures, while feeding healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.
At this critical time, CCCWA and a few other organizations are partnering with local restaurants in fundraising for distributing meals to frontline medical staff in the greater Seattle area.
CCCWA will coordinate this effort with a number of organizations, utilize resources from all parties, and carefully choose catering restaurants and food delivery companies with strict standards aligned with Washington State’s food safety standards and King County directives. CCCWA will ensure that nutritious and delicious lunch/dinner is being delivered to various medical staff involved in Coronavirus fight.
Food will only be delivered after close communication with and approval from local hospitals and through point-to-point contact. Coordination of volunteers, channels of donation, and use of funds will all follow State and federal laws and regulations regarding donations. Any remaining funds (if and when) at the completion of the program will go to research programs for coronavirus vaccines.
The campaign aims to raise $400,000 in a month to produce 30,000 lunches for medical staff, community first respondents and community members in need of assistance. Thanks to the initial efforts of Mr. Alex Cai from Cai & Associates and Mrs. Sylvia Chin from Issaquah Highland Chinese Heritage Club, CCCWA has already received donations of more than $10,000 from Jing Wei LLC (Mr. Li Ruo, Mrs Zhang Shuo), and other individuals and firms. In addition, Dolar Shop and IJ Sushi Burrito have already provided a week of free lunch to the community, which we are extremely thankful for.
CCCWA encourages more food and beverage companies to join in along with individuals to provide help to more medical staff and people in need of assistance. Our fundraising is open, transparent, and strictly adheres to U.S. law and financial regulations of non-profit organizations. Your charitable contribution will be can receive tax-deductible, and you are welcomed to check our IRS subsection profile here. We will publish donation amounts and lunch distributions in a timely manner.
"Members of the China Chamber of Commerce in Washington State (CCCWA) set out to raise funds for their “FOOD with LOVE” project which aims to coordinate 10,000 donated meals from more than a dozen local small businesses for UW hospitals. Now, their efforts are expanding as the organization looks beyond the UW and to providing more than $400,000 in meals for Seattle-area hospitals."