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Restaurants were some of the hardest-hit businesses in New York City due to the spread of COVID-19. But Manhattan's largest office landlord and Global Dining Collection chef Daniel Boulud want to help. SL Green Realty Corp. just announced the launch of a nonprofit Food1st with the famed chef as the inaugural partner.
The foundation will deliver thousands of meals every day to medical personnel on the frontlines of combating the coronavirus as well as elderly New Yorkers and families in need. This initiative also helps put restaurant kitchens around the city back to work by cooking food for those who need it the most. SL Green also contributed $1 million to the organization in hopes that other companies and people will join the effort.
"The vision for Food1st is to partner with our tenants—beginning with the great, chef Daniel Boulud—to provide meals to those who need them, safely bring food workers a paycheck and restore vitality and energy to the City we love," said Marc Holliday, SL Green Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer in a statement. "By establishing and seeding the Food1st nonprofit, we hope others will join us in the fight to alleviate the food shortage in New York City caused by the COVID-19 pandemic."
And the effort will launch from Boulud's downtown prep kitchen at 18 Extra Place, initially providing up to 1,600 meals per day. The chef previously inked a deal with the real estate company in 2017 to launch a new midtown restaurant in One Vanderbilt.
"COVID-19 is a challenge unlike anything we've ever faced," said Boulud in a statement. "The restaurant industry has been hit particularly hard, but we still have the facilities, ability, and desire to safely provide quality, nourishing meals to essential workers and those most in need. We're looking forward to making a positive contribution, and we appreciate having the opportunity to partner with SL Green to make this program possible."