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An All-Star Team Is Helping Newark Restaurants Feed Their City

Actor Michael B. Jordan, chef Marcus Samuelsson, and Audible founder Don Katz are reactivating Newark kitchens to support locals.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson packs food for Newark Working Kitchens.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson packs food for Newark Working Kitchens.

Photographer: George Rutgers

Throughout the pandemic, restaurants in and around New York have relied on support from major corporations to reopen and reemploy staff while feeding emergency workers and people in need.

Chef Daniel Boulud started Food1st with a $1 million donation from SL Green Realty Corp. to offer meals to first responders. Danny Meyer, chief executive officer of Union Square Hospitality Group, activated three of his kitchens—with help from a $1 million investment from Brookfield Properties—to emphasize feeding people in the South Bronx.