The Crown Heights-based food and events company, Yardy, has launched a meal delivery service for New York City residents, reported Eater.

Yardy is just one of many restaurants that has had to adopt a new business model amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The company has always promoted sustainability and community, which is reflected in their menu.

The healthy menu features ready-to-eat food like summer berry salads, turmeric crackers, and polenta cakes. Customers will also have an opportunity to purchase fresh produce from Black and queer-owned farms.

DeVonn Francis, chef and owner of Yardy also raised $16,000 for a free meal program to provide relief to Black families in Crown Heights. Aware of how the pandemic has disproportionately affected Black people, Francis wants to give back to the community he grew up in.

“It’s cool, because not only are we using this delivery service to build ourselves up, but we are creating free meals for the community that we are rooted in,” Francis says. “We want to develop something that is beneficial from a financial standpoint and a community standpoint, too.”

Currently, Yardy’s delivery service is only available in Brooklyn but Francis hopes to expand the service across different neighborhoods in the next few months.

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Yannise Jean is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Her work has appeared in publications like Okayplayer and Well + Good. Follow her on Twitter @yjeanwrites.

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