WHAT WE'RE DOING
We're making and hand-delivering fresh, healthy, and tasty meals to the homeless of New York City every Saturday evening.
We're two people who live in New York City and witness seen the unfortunate reality of homelessness in the city every time we step outside.
In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression. According to The Coalition for the Homeless, more than 116,000 homeless men, women, and children sleep in the New York City municipal shelter system, and thousands more sleep on the streets each night. With ever-rising rents and an overall lack of affordable housing—the primary cause of homelessness—these numbers are likely to become even more depressing in the coming years.
There are so many problems to solve here, and the situation is far too complex for anybody to simply fix it. But as many New Yorkers do, we sometimes buy food for people on the streets from nearby shops and restaurants. However, as we started to do this more and more often, we realized that we can do much better than buy fast food for a few people.
We had the idea to make and deliver dinner to up to twenty people on the streets every week. All of our meals are home-cooked, fresh, and healthy. We packaging each meal in beautiful, recyclable wrapping, along with a hand-written note. Way more personal than fast food, but just as professional.
Why make the meals ourselves? We realized that we had the potential to impact over 3x the number of people if we made the meals ourselves, rather than buying them pre-made. For example, one really good, really healthy sandwich bought from a restaurant costs $10. One really good, really healthy sandwich that we make ourselves with all of the same ingredients costs just $2.25.
What we're doing here is really small, but it is an improvement over what we were doing before. There are an unbelievable number of humans in New York—and every major city—who need help, and it would be foolish to think that twenty meals a week will solve the major problems. We're trying to brighten the nights of twenty strangers every week, even if it's just a tiny drop in the bucket.
HOW TO HELP
We're going through the (kinda complicated) steps to become a nonprofit organization.
Until it's 100% official, we're not allowed to accept donations, so all of the money spent on ingredients, packaging, and other business expenses will be coming out of our pockets. The best things you can do right now are to follow our progress, tell your friends and family about the project, share your ideas with us, and try to recreate Weekly Meal in your community, wherever you may be.
ABOUT THE MEALS
We realized that we could impact over 3x the number of people if we made the food ourselves, rather than buying it pre-made.
Not only would making the food ourselves help way more people for way less money, it would also allow us provide fresher, healthier options for everybody. All of our meals are vegan, natural, and super tasty. Instead of buying shit food from whatever fast-food chains we see while out on the streets with the homeless, we're able to make nutritious meals at a fraction of the cost.