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Moving FOrward past our first month of operations
8.27.2020

We’ve been so blessed to receive the outpouring of support we’ve gotten since we launched in July. Your support and generosity has allowed us to dream so much bigger.

We have decided to set a goal of delivering 5,000+ meals by summer 2021!

This means we will be aiming to raise $50,000+ by spring 2021 in order to continue supporting our restaurant partners and meal recipients.

Help us reach our goal by donating to our cause and spreading the word!


Stay tuned for our Future Deliveries

Pho & Grill to Rainbow Place Women’s Shelter| 12.11.2020


Events

#24 meal delivery
COVID-19 Initiative | 11.20.2020

Restaurant: Gourmet Inspirations

Recipient: Shady Grove Hospital

40 meals from Gourmet Inspirations to the ICU and the 2A Medical Surgical Unit!


#22 & 23 meal deliveries
COVID-19 Initiative | 11.14.2020

Restaurants: Pho & Grill & Neisha Thai Cuisine

Recipients: Interfaith Works Women’s Center & Katherine Hanley Family Shelter

79 meals total!


#19, 20 & 21 meal deliveries
COVID-19 Initiative | 11.7.2020

Restaurants: BAB Korean Fusion, Pho & Grill, Momo’s Cafe

Recipients: Promise Place Youth Shelter, Interfaith Works Women’s Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital

110 meals total!


#18 meal delivery
COVID-19 Initiative | 10.23.2020

Restaurant: Gourmet Inspirations

Recipient: Shady Grove Hospital

40 meals from Gourmet Inspirations to the 4A, 4B Medical Surgical Units!


#16 & 17 meal delivery
COVID-19 Initiative | 10.17.2020

Restaurant: Momo’s Café

Recipient: Sibley Memorial Hospital

35 meals to the Emergency Department!

Restaurant: Neisha Thai Cuisine

Recipient: Katherine Hanley Shelter

44 meals for lunch!


#15 meal delivery
COVID-19 Initiative | 10.16.2020

Restaurant: Gourmet Inspirations

Recipient: Shady Grove Hospital

40 meals from Gourmet Inspirations to the Emergency Department!


#14 meal delivery
COVID-19 Initiative | 10.10.2020

Restaurant: BAB Korean Fusion

Recipient: Promise Place Youth Emergency Shelter

36 meals from BAB Korean Fusion to Promise Place!


#13 meal delivery
COVID-19 Initiative | 10.02.2020

Restaurant: Pho & Grill

Recipient: Interfaith Works Women’s Center

35 meals for dinner!


#11 & 12 meal deliveries
COVID-19 Initiative | 9.22.2020

Restaurant: Gourmet Inspirations

Recipient: Shady Grove Hospital

40 meals total!

Restaurant: Neisha Thai

Recipient: Virginia Hospital Center

20 meals to the ICU!


#10 meal delivery
COVID-19 Initiative | 9.12.2020

Restaurant: BAB Korean Fusion

Recipient: Promise Place Youth Emergency Shelter

40 meals in our largest delivery yet!


#8 & 9 meal deliveries
COVID-19 Initiative | 9.04.2020

Restaurant: Gourmet Inspirations

Recipient: Suburban Hospital

20 meals to the Clinical Decision Unit!

Restaurant: Neisha Thai Cuisine

Recipient: Virginia Hospital Center

20 meals to the Emergency Department!


#7 meal delivery
COVID-19 Initiative | 8.29.2020

Restaurant: BAB Korean Fusion

Recipient: Promise Place Youth Emergency Shelter

24 meals to for lunch & dinner!


#5 & 6 meal deliveries
COVID-19 Initiative | 8.21.2020

Restaurant: Sichuan Jin River

Recipient: Shady Grove Hospital

20 meals to the Progressive Care Unit!

Restaurant: Neisha Thai

Recipient: Virginia Hospital Center

20 meals to the ICU!


#4 Meal Delivery
COVID-19 Initiative | 8.15.2020

Restaurant: BAB Korean Fusion

Recipient: Promise Place Youth Emergency Shelter

15 meals to children in need!


#2 & 3 meal deliveries
COVID-19 Initiative | 8.7.2020

Restaurant: Sichuan Jin River

Recipient: Suburban Hospital

20 meals to the Clinical Decision Unit!

Restaurant: Neisha Thai Cuisine

Recipient: Virginia Hospital Center

20 meals to the Emergency Department!


#1 meal delivery
COVID-19 Initiative | 7.24.2020

Restaurant: Sichuan Jin River

Recipient: Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

20 meals to the Progressive Care Unit!


Press

Eater DC: This Crowdfunding Effort Pays D.C. Area Asian Restaurants to Feed Their Communities | 9.15.2020

WTOP News: ‘Woks for Washington’ aims to preserve local Asian cuisine during the pandemic | 9.13.2020

Mochi Magazine: Woks for Washington | 8.14.2020

Washington Post: Groups feed hospital workers — and support restaurants, too | 8.10.2020

China News: Sending Love to the Front Line | 7.28.2020

World Journal: Two-Prong Fight Against the Virus | 7.24.2020

Angry Asian Man: Fight the Virus. Fight the Bias. | 7.21.2020


Community Testimonials

BAB Korean Fusion

BAB manager Justine Choe has enjoyed working with the Shi sisters, praising the “passion” she’s seen in their leadership. “It feels good to be part of something that creates change,” she says over email. “We are glad there are more ways for us to keep serving the community.” (Eater DC article)


Promise Place youth Emergency Shelter
On our first delivery to them | 8.15.2020

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the food. It was such a tremendous blessing!”

“In the early parts of the pandemic, we literally, literally had no meals for lunch,” program coordinator Eddie Hall says, explaining some people had to ration part of their dinner for lunch the next day. Since then, a few nonprofits have helped provide food. Hall is grateful Woks for Washington was able to provide meals when it did. (Eater DC article)

Such a sweet note!

Meeting the folks at Promise Place 🙂

Some words from the Woks for Washington Team:

Promise Place is a youth emergency shelter in Capitol Heights, MD, that provides short-term housing and services to youths before helping them onto the next steps of their lives, whether it’s reconnecting them with their families, helping to send them to college, or aiding in the job search. Since their facilities lack a kitchen of their own, and their usual chef has been out, the meals we provide are very much appreciated by the youths at Promise Place!


Neisha Thai CUisine

“You are an inspiration! Thank you for all your do. It’s such amazing work.”

Manager Pimmie Jungtranggur says the restaurant is “honored” to work with Woks for Washington. “We just have to … channel all our energy to get everyone through this together,” she writes over email. According to Jungtranggur, the pandemic has reversed Neisha’s sales breakdown. Carryout and delivery have replaced dine-in sales as the main source of revenue. (Eater DC article)


Virginia Hospital center
On our First Delivery to them | 8.07.2020

The medical staff at Virginia Hospital Center Emergency Department “loved it and thought it was a nice treat on a Friday.”

“Please thank [the team for] their generous donations and commitment to helping so many during such a difficult time.”


ADVENTIST HEALTHCARE SHADY GROVE MEDICAL CENTER
On our first delivery | 7.24.2020

Nurses working the night shift on the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center received the 20 meals donated by Woks for Washington on Friday, July 24. The PCU serves as a bridge between the Emergency Department and the hospital’s Medical Surgical Units.  Patients who come to the PCU are often quite sick. The unit’s caregivers help coordinate lab work and diagnostic testing, and they stabilize patients so they can move to another unit for recovery.

Siphra Mukoro, RN, was the PCU charge nurse Friday evening. She said the PCU is a very busy unit where nurses often don’t have time to sit and eat. The nurses were “so happy” to receive the donated meals, which included entrées of either chicken or tofu, plus side dishes of rice and vegetables. Siphra noted everything tasted great and the portions were very generous. The nurses kept saying, “This is a lot of food!”  Some of the nurses were able to take leftovers home to their families.

She said the nurses are very grateful and that receiving the donated meals makes them feel very supported in the work they’re doing. “It’s such a blessing,” she said.

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