Partnership prepares meals and supports Newark restaurants

Posted at 10:41 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 17:27:07-04

NEWARK, N.J. — Two hundred orders are already waiting for crews to prepare each morning at 18 restaurants in Newark.

Fresh Coast, a fresh food restaurant on Raymond Boulevard in downtown Newark, is able to stay open because of the partnership.

The program was established by a big corporate neighbor to support local restaurants.

Audible, the digital and audio book company, moved downtown in 2007.

One of the company's goals was be a part of changing the state of inequality in New Jersey's largest city.

Don Katz is the founder and executive chairman of Audible.

"The idea is, you sustain businesses and you sustain jobs." Katz said.

Hundreds of meals are prepared each weekday for seniors, low-income families, the homeless and front-line responders.

Luis Valls-Amabile opened Fresh Coast three years ago. The restaurant was in the process of expanding when the pandemic hit.

"Business had been growing and growing. Then almost overnight, 80% of our business wasn't allowed to be in Newark anymore, or got sent back home. It was really a shock," he said.

The food is distributed through Newark Working Kitchens. World Central Kitchen, one of the world’s largest non-profit organization fighting food insecurity, is also a partner.

By the middle of May, the 18 restaurants had served about 100,000 meals.

Audible made an initial contribution of $1.5 million. For information or to donate click here.