EVLovesNYC Moving to Larger Kitchen to Feed More New Yorkers!

June 25, 2024: After an extended real estate search, EVLovesNYC has found a kitchen space that fits their growing organization and mission.


Beginning in July 2024, EVLovesNYC will begin cooking every Sunday at Rethink Food’s state-of-the-art community kitchen at 116 West Houston Street. The move to a new kitchen will allow EVLovesNYC to scale up meal production numbers and expand its reach throughout NYC while maintaining its Sunday distributions in the East Village, in Tompkins Square Park, and with regular distribution partners throughout the city.

EVLovesNYC, a rollicking volunteer-run mutual aid, has been serving fresh and nutritious meals to food-insecure neighbors since the beginning of the COVID lockdown in 2020. More than four years and 500,000 meals later, EVLovesNYC is still cooking up food and support for New Yorkers, those who’ve lived here forever and those who’ve arrived more recently. Their meals — beef, chicken and vegan, made with attention to allergens and religious practices — go out for distribution in far-flung neighborhoods throughout the city’s boroughs.


EVLovesNYC began operations in the co-founder’s tiny East Village kitchen. The first move, to Cafe C&B (#candbnyc), came when owner Ali Sahin offered the use of his kitchen after business hours. In June 2020, EVLovesNYC received nonprofit status and relocated to the kitchen at Sixth Street Community Center (#sixthstreetcc). The latest move into Rethink’s larger, purpose-built kitchen is the latest chapter in EVLovesNYC’s growth. An additional plan to move the organization’s weekday operations to a kitchen on the Lower East Side is in the works. 

Rethink Food (rethinkfood.org ) is an NYC-based nonprofit organization with the mission of creating a more sustainable and equitable food system by working in partnership with a network of local restaurants, community-based organizations, and food donors.

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