Donate to support Asian elderly with culturally thoughtful food packages, all sourced, cooked, and hand-delivered by volunteers.
Founded at the onset of COVID-19, Heart of Dinner works to fight food insecurity and isolation experienced by Asian American seniors—two long-standing community issues heightened by the pandemic.
We now serve elders in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, delivering weekly care packages filled with culturally thoughtful lunch boxes, fresh produce, and pantry essentials while supporting local small businesses during their COVID-related recovery process.
Heart of Dinner was founded in September 2015 by partners in life and love, Yin Chang and Moonlynn Tsai.
Originally a supper club bringing people together around a shared meal and sense of community, the duo quickly evolved their idea as the pandemic hit. Their late-night conversations about the global impact of COVID-19 and the heightened racism towards Asian Americans soon became questions around how to create positive change. Shortly after, Heart of Dinner’s #LovingChinatown relief efforts was born.
On April 1st, 2020, the duo cooked the first-ever Heart of Dinner #LovingChinatown hot lunches for those most vulnerable around Manhattan's Chinatown area, with a focus on homebound elders. Then with the help of a growing community of volunteers and partner businesses, Heart of Dinner has been able to expand its reach throughout Brooklyn and Queens, delivering over 70,000 meals as of May 2021. Our community of restaurant partners (currently Partybus Bakeshop, Saigon Social, and Bessou), in-kind donors, volunteer drivers, note-writers, and brown bag illustrators make Heart of Dinner the love-powered initiative it is today.
Heart of Dinner is fiscally sponsored through Edward Charles Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, tax ID 26-4245043. Help us hit our ambitious goal to provide 250,000 meals to our senior community with a tax-deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor.
Watch our segment on The Ellen Show that aired in early-March 2021.