How We’re Giving Back

Richard with Soom package for Lee InitiativeAmy with Pallet of Soom Silan

We are incredibly grateful to the doctors, nurses, first responders, technicians, hospital staff, and to all of those working tirelessly to contain the spread of the virus and care for those in need. Thank you for everything. And to the restaurants who remain open, who have been donating food to those selfless workers, we are so appreciative of you.

We’ve been brainstorming ways to support those existing efforts, help those going without meals, and creating awareness for our restaurant partners and their staff whose businesses have been affected. 

Last week, we donated product to some of our restaurant partners who are making nutritious meals for hospital staff. We also donated to those teaming up with LEE Initiative, which has turned restaurants across the country into relief centers. To this day, local chefs have provided over 25,800 meals for unemployed restaurant workers! 

 We also donated Soom Silan to the Jewish Relief Agency, which serves over 6,000 low-income individuals across the Greater Philadelphia region by relieving hunger and strengthening the community, services especially needed during this time.

 During difficult times like these, it’s more important than ever to connect as a greater community. If you have any additional causes, food bank suggestions, or non-profits we can help support, please drop a line in the comments below.  

 From the Soom Crew to you and yours, please continue doing whatever you can to stay safe and well. We are here for you, and will get through this together. 💓

 A special thank you to our chef partners and restaurants who have given back to their communities:

Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia

Chef Edward Lee of Succotash

Chef Jessica Koslow of Sqirl

Chef Jose Salazar of Mita’s

Chef Eduordo Jordan of Salare

Greg Mohr of West Town Bakery

Chef Alon Shaya of Safta and Saba

Chef Max Katzenberg and Chef Greg Baxtrom of Olmsted

Chef Nate Adler of Gertie’s

Chef Lara Swan of Great Bagel & Bakery

Chef Donald Link of Cochon

Chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene

Chef Ryan Lachaine of Riel

Chef Ming Tsai of Blue Dragon

Chef Marcie Turney of Barbuzzo

Jordan Swim of Furlough Kitchen

Chef Anup of Green Top Farms

Chef Victoria Dearmond of One Fifth


The Soom Crew