Tackling food insecurity in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic

BRK volunteer portioning food.

Brooklyn Relief Kitchen at Old First (BRK) is a volunteer-led organization founded by restaurant industry professionals to tackle food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.   We prepare fresh cooked meals and relief boxes for distribution by our local frontline community partners.    

BRK is an evolving project meeting the varying needs of our New York City community, from our fresh meal program, to individual deliveries when possible, to food pantry drives and more. Old First Reformed Church in Park Slope Brooklyn is our generous sponsor, providing us with volunteer support and a fully equipped kitchen space. 

In our first two weeks of operation, we supplied over 2000 meals.  Currently we prepare 1,500 fresh cooked meals and hundreds of produce and pantry relief boxes per week in support of our neighboring partners; existing food pantries, soup kitchens and local community organizations.  Your donation, no matter the amount, will help us to continue this work for the months to come. 


BRK volunteer prepping donated greens.

In 2012 following the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy, this same group of food industry professionals and volunteers banded together to start the Hurricane Sandy Relief Kitchen

Spearheaded by local restaurateurs Andy and Piper Wandzilak, they managed to gather donations and funds and community action, to serve over 200,000 meals and supplies to those most gravely affected by the storm. 

Today, as New York starts to open back up, so many are still suffering from the effects of lost wages, unemployment, illness and no safety net or end in sight.  The gang decided it was time to come back together, and do what they do best – Keep Brooklyn Strong by Keeping Brooklyn Fed. 

Our organization started as the Hurricane Sandy Relief Kitchen.