Stacy Rotner and GratiFoodNYC have donated over 3,000 meals since April.
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In early April, Stacy Rotner launched GratiFoodNYC, a grassroots initiative dedicated to sending gratitude through food. Rotner’s first goal was to send meals to the frontline emergency and ICU department teams of doctors, nurses and staff at New York City hospitals.
After sharing her idea on Facebook, Rotner received nearly $20,000 in one week through her GratiFoodNYC Venmo account. In under four weeks, Rotner had raised more than $65,000.
“Donations came from family, friends, colleagues and strangers from all over New York and around the country, and as far as Madrid and Tel Aviv,” she told Jessica Abo over Zoom. She donated 200 meals during her first week and 500 meals the following week. As of May 11th, she has donated more than 3,000 meals to more than 12 NYC hospitals in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.
Now, Rotner wants to help more people. She created a partnership with New York Common Pantry, so donations raised going forward can address food