Today’s episode of On the Fly is with Trinh Banh, a co-founder of Good Good Eatz, an ad hoc initiative that has sprung up to help support Oakland Chinatown businesses in a number of impactful ways during these extremely challenging times. They’re helping immigrant-owned businesses get set up on social media, providing marketing assistance, PPE and protocols, and even creating new systems and business models.
Working with Tommy Wong of Chinatown Improvement, these two can-do, roll up your sleeves, get ‘er done folks have sprung into action in many ways, including creating a Fund A Lunch program, designed to provide meals to communities in need from neighborhood food businesses that also need support, many of them struggling weeks before the shelter-in-place was announced.
In this interview, you’ll hear how Trinh and Tommy are nimbly customizing their support and solutions for each business. Their grassroots model is applicable to many immigrant-dense neighborhoods who really need extra assistance and attention right now
Good Good Eatz is attracting an ever-growing group of volunteers offering their services and talents and skills, which goes to show how many people want to help in some way during these traumatic times, to contribute to something greater than themselves. We can help in many ways, and it can be easy: whether we go visit one of these places mentioned for take-out, follow them on their new Instagram account, order some cookies for a friend, contribute financially to Fund a Lunch or Save Our Chinatowns or directly to a restaurant’s GoFundMe, or even sharing this podcast with your friends, thanks. Or, looking at how you can support your own neighborhood immigrant-owned businesses.
Good Good Eatz: https://www.goodgoodeatz.com/
Fund a Lunch: https://www.goodgoodeatz.com/fund-a-lunch
Chinatown Improvement: https://www.chinatownimprovement.org
Save Our Chinatowns: https://www.saveourchinatowns.org/
Berkeleyside Nosh article: https://www.berkeleyside.com/2020/05/14/relief-recovery-and-reinvent-good-good-eatz-guides-oakland-chinatown-businesses-to-pivot
1. Tay Ho: http://www.tayho-oakland.com/
2. Huangcheng Noodle House: https://www.huangchengnoodle.com
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