Homecoming NYC Helps Local Restaurant Community and Food Banks


Dish from Coco Malaysian in Queens, NY. Courtesy: Homecoming NYC

Bryan Lozano grew up in the Queens neighborhood of Elmhurst and has always loved his community. But when the area became affected by COVID-19, Lozano felt that he needed to give back. He decided to give back through food with Homecoming NYC.

Lozano founded the organization so that he can help local restaurants through hosting restaurant crawls. The money raised would then go to local restaurants and food banks.

“Homecoming at first was always an opportunity to give back to the neighborhood,” Lozano told WNBC. “But when we thought about it, restaurants were really struggling and food hardship became a really big issue in the neighborhood and we wanted to do something that connects the two things together.

“Homecoming ultimately became a love letter to the neighborhoods that we’re from and an opportunity to support restaurants that have been staples in neighborhoods but at the same time support organizations who are working to fight food insecurity.”

Since its founding in May, the organization has organized two food crawls in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, and has raised $5,000 for restaurants in additional revenue.

The next restaurant crawl will take place on Sunday, November 14 and you can buy tickets here.

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