APIFM EMERGENCY CSA Program

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have heard from many of our nonprofit partners in Little Tokyo, Koreatown, Historic Filipinotown, Chinatown, and the San Gabriel Valley that there is critical need for fresh produce in many at risk populations. APIFM is working with our network of local farmers to get fresh and organic produce to seniors, low-income families, non-profit staff, and immune compromised community members across LA City and County via an emergency Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. These emergency CSA vegetable bags are an important source of nutrition for individuals and families to complement the non-perishables some are receiving from local food banks/pantries. Besides vegetables and eggs, the APIFM bags will include nutrition fact sheets, recipes, physical activity infographics and an easy to understand update on COVID-19. The goal is to not only assist individuals/families in need but also ensure that the Asian American farmers we work with are also able to support their families and workers during this crisis.

We need additional funding in order to cover the staff time, mileage, and produce + eggs costs to expand these critical food services and continue our current operations

How you can donate:

You can donate online using the form below or contact Kyle Tsukahira (kyle@apifm.org) and write a check out to “Special Service for Groups” with the memo “APIFM CSA.” and mail to:

ATTN: Kyle Tsukahira
APIFM
905 East 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Current Partnerships:

Community Based Organizations:

  • API Equality-LA: 15 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs for low-income, immune compromised LGBTQIA individuals.
  • API Mental Health Alliance (Alliance): APIFM is working to provide fresh fruits and veggies to Alliance’s four housing sites. These housing sites provide comprehensive, community-based, culturally and linguistically appropriate therapeutic interventions for over 60 Asian and Pacific Islander adults with severe and persistent mental illness. They are incorporating the produce into meals and healthy snacks. 
  • Chinatown HEAL: APIFM is providing 52 CSA bags per week at no cost to low-income seniors from our HEAL program at 2 housing sites in Chinatown and also making individual deliveries to people’s homes from Elysian Valley to San Gabriel Valley.
  • Hawai’i’s Daughter Guild of California: APIFM made a one time donation of 30 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs, canned/shelf stable goods, and cleaning supplies for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander families in need.
  • Koreatown HEAL: 30 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs for seniors, low-income families, and immune compromised individuals in Koreatown and Historic Filipinotown.
  • LA-Más: APIFM is delivering 75 CSA bags to LA-Más so that they can provide them at no cost to low-income families living in Elysian Valley and other parts of Northeast L.A.
  • Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC): 76 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs for seniors and low-income families served by LTSC.
  • South Asian Network (SAN): 20 CSA bags with fresh produce for local South Asian families in need.
  • Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)/Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED): 55 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs for low-income families in Chinatown.
  • Sustaining Independent Lives with Vital Empowering Resources (SILVER): APIFM is working to provide fresh eggs and fruits so that SILVER can supplement groceries bags of shelf stable foods and distribute them to home bound API seniors.

Schools:

  • Garvey Head-start Program: 45 CSA bags of fresh produce and eggs for Asian and Latinx families in need.

Faith Institutions:

  • Dominguez Samoan Congregational Christian Church: 14 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs for local Samoan families in need.
  • First Baptist Church of Alhambra: 30 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs for local families in need.
  • First United Methodist Church of Bellflower: 30 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs for local Tongan families in need.
  • Malamalama Ole Lalolagi Congregational Christian Church: 30 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs for local Pacific Islander families in need.
  • Marshallese Ministry of Orange County: 30 30 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs for low-income Marshallese and Pacific Islander families in need.
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church: 30 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs for low-income Latinx, Vietnamese, and Filipinx families in need.

Small Businesses: APIFM is partnering with some of our Asian American small business partners in order to provide emergency CSA bags at wholesale cost for their restaurant/kitchen staff. We heard that initially many of their staff were having a hard time finding food in their local markets and some are still struggling financially.

  • JOY Restaurant: You can support by ordering take-out. Please be sure to check their website for updates.
  • Pine and Crane: You can support by ordering take-out. Please be sure to check their website for updates.
  • Yang’s Kitchen: They have started a community market where you can purchase fresh and local raw meats, eggs, bread, prepared foods, canned goods, desserts, and produce from our Food Roots program.

Sponsored by:

Individual Donors:

Viet Bui Stefanie Lau Alisa Tiong
Lily C Carol Lee Megan Tomino
Sofia Chang Christine Lee Jacqueline Tran
Lisa Changadveja Connie Lee Doreena Wong
Elizabeth Cheung Grace Lee Thomas Wong
Jinny Choi Connie Lo Chiawen Wu
Janice Chou Mayta Lor Marianna Yamamoto
Gerald Corporal Andrew Murphy Melanie Yamamoto
Rocele Estanislao Ayumi Nagata Jenny Yang
Hope Fang Magnolia Nomachi Nancy Yap
Ranko Fukuda Coleen Oinuma Alis Yoo
Vanessa Hilario Glenn Omatsu Mark Yoshida
Aubre Hill Kathy Pham Sandy Yu
Calvin Ho Sophat Phea Sabrina Yunus
Parag Khandhar Juily Phun Sisi Zhang
Jeffery Kho Emily Skehan Weiyu Zhang
Neil Komai Amy She  
Brian Kim Ray & Tammy Shojinaga  
Helen Kim Lisa Thong  

At their request we have not included the names of several anonymous donors

In-Kind Donations:

Produce and Food
Yasutomi Farms Rockview Farms sweetgreen
Grocery Tote Bags
Firecracker 10k A3PCON AAAJ – Health Access Project
U.S. Census Bureau