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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and write a check out to “Special Service for Groups” with the memo “APIFM CSA.” and mail to:
ATTN: Kyle Tsukahira
905 East 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Community Based Organizations:
- 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.
- 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): APIFM is committing staff time and resources to this program, including helping to subsidize the cost of 76 emergency CSA bags by 50%. LTSC is covering the remaining 50% of produce costs so we can provide them for free to the low-income families they serve.
- Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)/Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED): APIFM is committing staff time and resources to this program, including helping to subsidize the cost of 9 emergency CSA bags by 50%. SEACA/CCED is covering the remaining 50% of produce costs so we can provide them for free to the low-income families they serve.
- 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.
- Garvey Head-start Program: 45 CSA bags of fresh produce and eggs for Asian and Latinx families in need
- Dominguez Samoan Congregational Christian Church: 14 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs for local Pacific Islander families in need
- Malamalama Ole Lalolagi Congregational Christian Church: 30 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs for local Pacific Islander families in need
- First Baptist Church of Alhambra: 30 CSA bags with fresh produce and eggs for local 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.
- Southern California Edison (SCE)
- Arts District Little Tokyo Neighborhood Council
- Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council
- Inclusive Action for the City
- United Nations Association – Pasadena Chapter
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|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
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|Yasutomi Farms||Rockview Farms||sweetgreen|
|Grocery Tote Bags|
|Firecracker 10k||A3PCON||AAAJ – Health Access Project|
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