Meals for Unity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to uplift those in need through community and food.

The organization was founded in March 2021, in the wake of an increase in violence against the AAPI community. What started as a one-time meal distribution in Manhattan’s Chinatown quickly turned into a vision to tackle food insecurity and spread awareness of social inequalities faced by vulnerable communities in NYC. Our volunteer efforts and events have spanned 4 boroughs, and we partner with local businesses, restaurants, and other nonprofits to lift up and nourish our communities together.

  • 1 in 4

    of Asian Seniors residents in New York City are food insecure.

  • 1 in 3

    New York City adults (over 2 million people) live in a household at risk of food insecurity.

  • 14,000+

    meals have been distributed by Meals for Unity.

  • 500+

    Meals for Unity volunteers tackling food insecurity.

1 of 4


  • Provide meals to vulnerable communities

  • Amplify & support local food businesses

  • Spread awareness & promote community action

1 of 3


  • Distribute culturally-appropriate meals to marginalized communities
  • Circulate donated funds back into local businesses and organizations
  • Spread awareness of issues at the intersection of food insecurity 
  • Promote community action through volunteer opportunities