What started as two friends catering office lunches and private events around New York City quickly evolved into something much bigger. This is the story of how we went from migrating from kitchen to kitchen to feeding the city as the The Migrant Kitchen.
How TMK Found Its Path
In October 2019, two friends—Nas and Dan—teamed up to create The Migrant Kitchen: a long-dreamt-of catering business that focused on providing meaningful opportunities for immigrants to showcase the cuisines and cultures of their home countries while earning more than just minimum wage. In doing so, they had absolutely no idea (like any of us) that a little thing called COVID-19 was about to flip the world as they knew it completely upside down…
Once COVID hit NYC, Nas and Dan quickly pivoted from a standard catering operation to serving food to frontline healthcare workers fighting against the pandemic. As COVID continued to change the way we lived and ate, our operation quickly grew into something much greater. Within the next few months, TMK was serving over 60,000 meals a week to food insecure communities across NYC.
"What started out on March 13 with 100 meals to hospitals and shelters quickly grew to 6,000 meals a day 50 13 hospitals, four food pantries, three homeless shelters, three senior centers, public housing complexes in the Bronx and Queens, a Queens mosque and dozens of Covid-19-infected families."
There's No Stopping Here
While the end of the pandemic is in sight, we've learned that we have a much longer way to go before we see an end to the hunger crisis. In an effort to continue to fight food insecurity, for every meal purchased at The Migrant Kitchen, we donate a meal to someone in need through our non profit arm, TMK Initiative.
Whether it’s empowering immigrants to earn a meaningful living or feeding essential workers fighting to keep our city safe, we will strive to always look out for those who need help the most. No one goes hungry on our watch.