The Korean American Family Service Center Receives $50,000 Donation from Long-Time Donor for Food Giving Initiative
[FLUSHING, New York] – The Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) received a special $50,000 donation to the “Give Help for Hope” Campaign to launch a meal delivery program for more than 100 KAFSC clients in partnership with local Korean restaurants. This donation was made possible through the generosity of a long-time donor who hopes to not only uplift families and individuals that are faced with immense physical, mental, and financial distress but also support Korean restaurant owners who are also navigating the devastating impact of COVID-19 with loss of business and income.
Over the last six weeks, KAFSC’s 24-hr bilingual Korean/English hotline has fielded an increase in call volume of over 300%. These calls are related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse incidents as well as COVID-19 related issues surrounding food insecurity, housing insecurity, medical issues, health care, unemployment, emergency financial assistance, and more. The majority of KAFSC’s clients are undocumented, uninsured, and now, unemployed, as businesses have shut down due to mandatory social distancing guidelines.
“The common theme we are hearing from our clients is that they are more worried about finding food to eat and paying rent than catching the coronavirus,” said Jeehae Fischer, Executive Director. “This pandemic is particularly traumatizing for our clients who have made the courageous decision to leave abusive relationships and were successfully moving forward towards economic independence. They have experienced staggering setbacks and are reaching out to KAFSC for support in this time of crisis.” Fischer adds, “I encourage others to join this important initiative by making a donation so that more immigrant survivors who need food are able to benefit.”
The list of participating restaurants are (*at time of release):
Although New York State on PAUSE has drastically limited business operations and every restaurant partner is seeing major loss of revenue, participating restaurant partners have eagerly stepped up to join this venture for good to help KAFSC serve the community. Participating restaurant partners will be paid fairly for the meals they prepare and deliver. Prior to joining hands with the “Give Help for Hope” Campaign, many of the restaurant partners were already involved in donating to various meal programs throughout the city to help the community.
“My hope,” said KAFSC’s long-time donor, “is that this initiative will not only benefit the participating restaurants and KAFSC but that it will bring the Korean community together. These restaurants are already doing commendable work of donating meals to organizations in need of food. This food giving initiative will hopefully aid these businesses with their ongoing operations while also providing meals to those individuals most in need at this time. I would like to personally thank each restaurant owner and his staff for agreeing to be part of this important initiative.”
Esther Limb, Chair, KAFSC Board of Directors stated, “We are grateful for the consistent care and concern from a long-time ally and supporter that results in tangible support for our clients - survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, as well as, the larger Korean American community. We look forward to launching this initiative to help our community survive these difficult times.” Limb adds, “We aim to continue providing these meals beyond the lifting of New York State on PAUSE because we know that the recovery will take much longer, especially for our immigrant survivors and their children."
For more information about KAFSC, or how to support this initiative, please contact 917-885-6590 or email email@example.com. If you would like to support this initiative, please make a donation at: https://kafscgive.givesmart.com/