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We Wok Together




We Wok Together

Meals Of Love For Frontline Heroes


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For Immediate Release

Newark, California, April 10, 2020 — The Chinese Restaurant Foundation(CRF) proudly sponsors its “We Wok Together” initiative in concert with leadersin the Chinese American restaurant community. Chinese American restaurateursand employees are joining forces and working together to provide warm meals oflove to frontline heroes in their neighborhoods from April 11-30, 2020.

CRF has allocated funding to match its member restaurants commitmentsand double the number of free lunches that they can provide to local firstresponders including active police officers, firefighters, EMTs and healthcareprofessionals. “Starting Saturday April 11, 2020 until the end of April, theFoundation will donate funds to match the number of free lunches provided byour member restaurants, up to 100 lunches a day,” says Betty Xie, ExecutiveDirector of Chinese Restaurant Foundation.

Leading the We Wok Together initiative are Master Chef Martin Yan,Master Chef Lawrence C.C. Chu, Sr. and Master Chef Tony Hu. Dozens of Chineserestaurateurs across the states signed up in a matter of a few days. “In everycommunity across the nation Chinese restaurants have been well supported bytheir neighborhoods. During a challenging time like this, it’s our turn to saythank you to our community, especially to those on the frontline who arefighting on all our behalf,” says Martin Yan, Master Chef and the renowned hostof PBS’s Yan Can Cook.

“I’m grateful for what my community has given me, my family and myrestaurant over the last 50 years. We’re happy to be able to give back to ourcommunity, and I’m happy to support CRF’s initiative to refuel our heroes witha warm lunch and show them some love.” says Lawrence C.C. Chu, Sr. Master Chefand founder of Chef Chu’s.

“Since mid-March, five locations of my restaurant have been providingcomplimentary work lunches for first responders in the greater Chicago area. Iapplaud CRF’s initiative and am happy to endorse it. We can’t do much but justa warm meal. Tomorrow will be better!” says Tony Hu, Master Chef and Founder ofLao Sze Chuan Group.

In addition, CRF is encouraging its memberrestaurants to provide meals to others in their neighborhoods who can use somesolace during this difficult time, such as elderly people living alone,children, single moms and others under the “We Wok Together” program.Restaurants can sign up to participate by visiting CRF’s website www.chineserestaurantfoundation.org and learn moreabout how to scale up their act of kindness to show appreciation to theirneighborhood.


About The Chinese Restaurant Foundation

The Chinese Restaurant Foundation (www.ChineseRestaurantFoundation.org)is a non-profit trade organization that promotes Chinese restaurants in theU.S. CRF is tied closely with Chinese Restaurant News, a monthly tradepublication founded in 1995 to inform Chinese-speaking restaurateurs offoodservice industry news and trends.

Media Contact

Betty Xie

CRF Executive Director

Betty@ChineseRestaurantFoundation.org