1:1 Foods was established in early May 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As hospitality professionals, we were compelled to develop a response to two overwhelming issues we saw unfolding as a result of coronavirus: the dramatic exacerbation of food insecurity in our community, and the existential threat faced by the local food businesses that comprise the culinary and cultural fabric of our borough.
Over a million individuals in New York City faced food insecurity before the onset of the virus. Now, with mass layoffs, permanent restaurant closures, and wage cuts from COVID-19, it is clear those numbers have skyrocketed. Though many emergency food programs have extended operating hours and increased their distribution volume, they’re still unable to meet the ever-increasing demand. In response to this reality, we created 1:1 Foods to develop a sustainable ecosystem addressing both needs.
How? We partner with local restaurants to develop unique meal kits sold on our marketplace. By offering an additional stream of revenue (at no cost to our partners) resilient to our new normal, we endeavor to support our friends, colleagues and neighbors thorough these difficult times.
In our food relief effort, we partner with community based organizations that have long supported New Yorkers and share our values and vision of a more equitable future. Proceeds from our meal-kit sales go towards the production of nutrient-dense meals and grocery kits which are then delivered to families in need. In this 1 to1 flagship donation program, we strive to provide long-term and steady access to high quality foods in communities most directly impacted by the pandemic.
Team meetings in 2020...