"Good nutrition is medicine, and now more than ever, we need high-quality nutrition like Kate Farms to restore and support health, deliver necessary nutrients and vitamins and boost overall immunity," said Borough President Eric Adams.
Food distribution organizations and pantries are overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic due to unemployment claims and underlying economic disparity.
The Campaign Against Hunger went from delivering on average 500 meals a day through its pantry and soup kitchen to providing nearly 2,000 meals every day.
"This is a dire situation,” said Dr. Melony Samuels, founder and director of The Campaign Against Hunger. “With lines down the block and more people homebound, our organization depends on donations of food and funding to be able to serve the thousands of families who need our services."
Plant-based foods deliver critical calories and vitamins while also providing healthy nutrition. Kate Farms, a plant-based, organic, non-GMO medical nutrition company making formula and meal replacement shakes, delivers healthy antioxidants for those most at-risk during this time, including seniors.
Kate Farms was founded by two parents to save their daughter Kate, who was born with cerebral palsy and weighed only 16 pounds when she was five years old.
She could not tolerate the available formulas, so out of desperation they developed a plant-based formula without any common allergens.
While Kate Farms generally serves the medical and healthcare markets, the company is donating $1 million of its meal replacement shakes to organizations across the country to serve those who are most at-risk.
"Kate Farms was founded with the mission to bring plant-based nutrition to those most at-risk,” said John Hommeyer, chief experience officer at Kate Farms. “We are doing our part to feed vulnerable seniors and deliver high-quality nutrition during this pandemic."