NY nonprofit takes new approach to feed the hungry as outbreak continues

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NEW YORK — The pandemic has changed a lot in the city, so a Brooklyn-based nonprofit is taking a new approach to help support local restaurants and provide meals to people in need.

Rethink Food NYC was founded three years ago. Staff collect excess food from restaurants, supermarkets and corporate kitchens and produce meals to feed people in need.

When the coronavirus outbreak hit, many of the restaurants that were sources for food closed. But thousands of people depend on the meals.

Rethink Food NYC now supports a number of restaurants through grants to make meals for distribution. They’re focusing on Chinatown currently.

Winston Chiu, co-founder of Rethink Food NYC, says they have been making 8,800 meals a day.

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