The New York Mets and its partner Fiserv show their support to the community by giving away $10,000 grants to Asian-owned businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The sports team and its partner gave the grants on Monday in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, according to CBS New York
- “We know so many small businesses have been impacted by the pandemic, particularly Asian-owned small business,” Cindy Wen, Fiserv’s senior vice president of finance, said. “In the wave of the violence and events of the last, we felt at our company it was really important to give back to the community.”
- The company granted 10 small Asian-owned businesses $10,000 to help them cope with the pandemic and for an eventual reopening.
- The stores were also given customized jerseys and four tickets to a Mets game.
Where the money is going: Coffee Project, in Long Island City, is among the recipients of the grant.
- Chi Sum Ngai, the founder, described what she and her employees faced during the pandemic as “scary,” adding that the grant is a big bonus that may help their business.
- “It’s time to put in thought how do we make [the] workspace more efficient. It’s better for everyone,” Ngai said.
- Eric Sze, 886’s chef and owner in the East Village, said the restaurant and along other businesses donated 13,000 bento boxes to frontline workers in the early days of the pandemic. The $10,000 grant would help him produce more content on Instagram, the platform where he markets his Taiwanese restaurant, Sze said.
- Jeremiah Stone, the owner of Contra on the Lower East Side, said he would use the money to improve the restaurant’s outdoor dining experience for the summer.