The Migrant Kitchen began as a catering company focused on providing meaningful opportunities for undocumented immigrants to make a fair wage while receiving professional culinary training. While we remain committed to this mission, our relief work during the COVID-19 crisis widened our perspective and reinforced the importance of uplifting the vulnerable within our local communities.
What began as meals for friends and family in a pinch quickly transformed into a dynamic program serving almost 10,000 restaurant-quality meals a day, in partnership with organizations like World Central Kitchen and NYC’s GetFoodNYC Program. To date, we have delivered over one million meals to New Yorkers in need–a feat that none of us would have believed possible when we began humbly in October of 2019.
While the help we provided to health care workers in the peak of the crisis was important, we realize that the real work is ahead of us. We know that the goal of ensuring that every individual in New York City has access to healthy and affordable food–regardless of socioeconomic status–is a lofty one. But as the low-income population widens in the wake of lost jobs and limited resources, it has become clear that services like ours are needed now more than ever.
At our new ongoing pop-up, for every meal purchased, another will be donated to a hungry New Yorker. In line with our original mission, we will continue to employ and empower migrant workers in this pursuit. As they weave cultures together in the kitchen, preparing meals which will soon be shared with those privileged and unprivileged alike, a sense of the vulnerable lifting the vulnerable is experienced and a circular economy is developed.