Since April 2020, SEAMAAC has partnered with South Philly Barbacoa to address food insecurity issues faced by many in Southeast Philadelphia. One in five Philadelphians dealt with food insecurity even before the COVID-19 pandemic, and hunger has increased exponentially during the past 12 months under quarantine, particularly for our neighbors who were employed in the service sector.
To directly address the growing needs for food security, South Philly Barbacoa partnered with the 215 People’s Alliance to launch The People’s Kitchen, a community kitchen space that has served more than 50,000 meals to those in need since the start of the pandemic. Building on a concept by chef Aziza Young, a rotating roster of chefs prepare 215 restaurant-quality meals per day to ensure that, along with food boxes provided by SEAMAAC, our neighbors also feel the dignity that comes with a thoughtfully prepared, nutritious meal.
A grant from Chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen provided generous funding for this critical work in the first phase of the pandemic, but that financial support has ended. While few of us foresaw the protracted nature of the pandemic and its devastating effects on our economy and food security, many of us are still able to help our communities get through these unprecedented times.
SEAMAAC aims to raise $45,000 to continue our partnership with South Philly Barbacoa through the end of August, and we are calling on anyone with the means to help us reach that goal.
100% of your contribution will go directly to South Philly Barbacoa to cover the cost of meals. Your contribution will support:
$25 supports 4 prepared meals to 4 community members
$50 supports 8 prepared meals to 8 community members
$100 supports 16 prepared meals to 16 community members
In addition to SEAMAAC, meals by South Philly Barbacoa are distributed by a diverse network of nonprofits, including Puentes de Salud, Church of the Redeemer Baptist Church in Point Breeze, UNITE HERE Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance, to ensure they are reaching a broad cross-section of communities in need.
SEAMAAC is committed to the long-term fight for racial and social justice for all communities who have been marginalized by racial and economic inequities. The road ahead is a long one, and we must focus on rebuilding a better society – one based on racial and economic equity. You can begin this journey together with us today by making a generous donation to ensure that all of our neighbors are able to meet their most fundamental needs of a warm and nutritious meal.