NEWARK WORK KITCHENS AWARDED $ 2 MILLION FROM THE SUSTAINABLE AND SERVING NJ PROGRAM FROM THE NEW JERSEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
NWK announces new delivery milestone of more than 750,000 meals
Six new restaurants are joining the NWK program to deliver thousands of additional weekly meals to residents in need
Newark, New Jersey – February 252021 – Newark Working Kitchens (NWK), a COVID-19 response that is enabling Newark’s restaurants to deliver nutritious meals to seniors and low-income families, announced today that it is from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to be awarded $ 2 million (NJEDA). The Newark Working Kitchens have delivered more than 750,000 meals to residents in need since the program began in April 2020. NWK has helped more than two dozen restaurants restart their services and recruit staff, saving hundreds of jobs.
The funds, which are awarded as part of the NJEDA program “Sustain and Serve NJ”, flow directly into the support of the restaurants participating in the NWK in supplying the needy residents with nutritious meals. Since its inception, NWK has delivered meals to more than 10,000 residents in 70 locations. All meals are prepared in NWK’s 30 participating restaurants, more than half of which are minority and women owned. NWK is demonstrating the scalable model of the program and expanding to six new restaurants across Newark.
As Newark’s economy continues on its path to recover from COVID-19, thousands of elderly, low-income, and disabled residents and those without homes are still struggling to access consistent healthy meals during the pandemic. NWK has actively raised funds to help these communities have safe and consistent access to food while providing a vital lifeline for Newark’s most popular local restaurants. This announcement marks an important milestone in NWK’s journey towards its original goal of serving one million meals.
“Newark Working Kitchens continues to be a key response model in helping the Newark communities hardest hit by COVID-19,” said Don Katz, Founder and Executive Chairman of Audible. “The generous support of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority will help Newark Working Kitchens expand their reach to communities across the state. I urge donors of all sizes to support this initiative that has provided thousands of meals to our neighbors while helping local restaurants stay open and keep jobs. “
“Small businesses are the backbone of Newark’s economy, and we appreciate the resilience and ingenuity of the Newark Working Kitchens (NWK) as they continue to raise funds to employ local Newarkers, help reopen our restaurants and help them out our neighbors care times, “said Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka.
Newark Working Kitchens was founded by Audible, a company dedicated to improving the lives of the communities in which it operates. NWK has received private and philanthropic support to support this COVID-19 crisis response effort, including a $ 500,000 grant from the City of Newark and donations from Audible, PSEG, TD Bank, New Jersey Devils Managing Partners in Josh Harris and David Blitzer Working with the Devils Care Foundation and numerous other local businesses, as well as other organizations and individuals. The founders of NWK are preparing a broad campaign to welcome new investment partners in government, business, and philanthropy to expand the Newark Small Business Support and Food Deprivation Program and model across New Jersey and beyond convey.
“Owning a restaurant in Newark, the city I was born and raised in and which I love so much, is humbling,” said Monique Bonilla, owner of The Weekend Spot. “Covid made each day harder than the next, but I am so happy to partner with Newark Working Kitchens and prepare meals with love like our mothers and grandmothers used to make. Equally rewarding is the knowledge that I can now employ my people and keep my business going. I am very grateful for the opportunity to prepare meals for my neighbors in need. “
“The hot meals we receive from Newark Working Kitchens are a lifeline for many of the families we serve,” said Carrie Puglisi, director of program and fund development at La Casa de Don Pedro. “Many have lost loved ones or suffered a significant drop in income due to job losses. Other families have more mouths to feed because they are now supporting friends or relatives who live with them. We thank NWK for their creative food distribution strategy supporting both Newark restaurant owners stricken by the pandemic and families struggling with food insecurity. “
In September 2020, Audible launched its global urban development center to expand the company’s community and economic investments. The center will bring together Audible’s many initiatives, including NWK and Audible’s collaboration with internationally announced early-stage mutual fund Newark Venture Partners (NVP).
As with NWK and NVP, the center will work closely with the City of Newark to assist NWK in determining food delivery needs and to work with tenant associations and a growing list of community organizations on distribution, including Ironbound Community Corporation, Bridges Outreach, Newark Emergency Services for Families, La Casa de Don Pedro, Palm Street Block Association, NJCRI / Crossroads Drop-In Center, Tree House Care, Willing Heart Community Care Center, and Newark YMCA. For more information, email [email protected] or donate here.
NWK restaurants currently participating include: Andros Restaurant & Diner, Barcade,
Black Swan Espresso, Blueprint Café, Bulgogi Zip, CityRub Smokehouse, Corn Bread, Fresh Shore, Harvest Table, Kilkenny Alehouse, King’s Family Restaurant & Catering, King’s Family Restaurant # 1, La Cocina, Marcus B&P, McGovern’s Tavern, Mercato Tomato Pie + Novelty Burger, Mompou Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Nizi Sushi, O’LaLa Empanadas, Panzz Seafood & Wings, Pita Square, Roberts Pizza, Sigri Indian BBQ, Tainos Küche, The Green Chicpea, The Halal Guys, The Walla, The Weekend Spot, Uncle Willie’s grand piano, and Vonda’s kitchen.
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