This month, vegan restaurant Modern Love launched a community program to help feed New Yorkers experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Modern Love Community Meals program is a humanitarian effort created in partnership with vegan hunger-relief group Chilis on Wheels that will serve 100 vegan meals every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in May. 

Famed cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz debuted the first location of Modern Love in meat-centric Omaha, NE in 2014 before expanding her “swanky comfort food” concept to Brooklyn in 2016. “Even though it is not time to open, it is time to help,” Moskowitz said. “We created Modern Love Community Meals because we want to get our kitchen back to work safely and fill a need for vegan food at the same time.”

Chilis on Wheels will give out free meals in the Bushwick, Brownsville, and Bed Stuy neighborhoods on Fridays and will serve the public at Tompkins Square Park on Saturdays. On Thursdays, customers can pre-order discounted $2 meals and pick them up at Modern Love—which is still closed to the general public—in Williamsburg. The menu changes daily and offers dishes such as Mac & Shews, Chickpea Cutlets & Gravy, and burrito bowls. 

Moskowitz is also launching a pay-what-you-can community “cookzine” in the coming weeks to help fund the effort.

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