Let’s Support COVID-19 Fighters!
~Deliver bento boxes to frontline workers in NY!
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a global pandemic, and although vaccination has progressed, healthcare workers are still busy treating patients on daily basis. The Nippon Club wondered if there was anything we could do to help, and launched the “Let’s Support COVID-19 Fighters ~Deliver bento boxes to frontline workers in NY!” project on May 7, 2020, and the project is still ongoing.
With the cooperation of member companies and Dr. Robert Yanagisawa, a professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President of the Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA), the Nippon Club and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York (JCCI) have delivered 130 boxed lunches to two hospitals once a week.
We currently deliver bento boxes to 17 hospitals, including Mount Sinai, Montefiore Medical Center, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Stony Brook University Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Harlem Hospital Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital.
“As one of the first inpatient COVID Response Team members at the Mount Sinai Hospital, I spoke about how all medical personnel has been working together to help patients through this pandemic,” Dr. Yanagisawa said. “I’m sure it will be a very nice treat for your residents on the front line.”
Since 2022, we have been providing bento boxes not only to medical professionals, but also to frontline workers such as the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS). We will keep you updated on the activity on the Nippon Club’s website, our SNS, and the Club News (newsletter).
▶︎Progress report vol.1, Day-1:May 7, 2020
▶︎Progress report vol.2, Report of June 2020
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▶︎Progress report vol.8, Report of March 2021
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▶︎Progress report vol.13, Report of March 2022
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It is the support from people like you that we can continue to deliver more bento boxes over the long term. Please consider making a donation here:
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“Thank you so much for your strong brave and effort during through such tough situation. We, JAL has been also struggling with this severe circumstances, but we have never gave up!
As Airline, we are proud of being a supporter of passengers who need to travel with providing safety.
Let’s overcome this pandemic together and make our world with more consideration and peacefulness.”
“No words can describe our gratitude towards the healthcare workers fighting on the front lines of coronavirus. While you put your lives at risk day after day facing with unimaginable difficulties, we think of you and pray for you together in the hope for an end to this pandemic.”
“Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas) is proud to support the Nippon Club’s efforts to help feed frontline workers who are providing medical care to our neighbors battling COVID-19. We hope this small gesture of nourishment will give you added strength to continue to work towards overcoming this great challenge. Thank you for your dedicated service day in and day out.”
“Thank you to those working on the front lines for your selfless commitment and dedication as you work to protect and care for the health and well-being of the people on New York City. Your heroic acts will forever be an inspiration to our society.”
“Daiwa Capital Markets America Inc. would like to take this opportunity to show our appreciation and acknowledge your selfless dedication to the health and wellbeing of many during the COVID-19 pandemic. You are fighting on the front lines with much risk to your own health and wellbeing. Your dedication, kindness and strength are greatly appreciated. You are our real HEROES! Thank you.”
“Your work on the frontlines in this battle against COVID-19 continues in 2021 and so does our gratitude and support. At Eisai we’re honored to be able to be part of the Nippon Club “Bento” lunch box program for NYC healthcare workers for the second year in a row. We recognize your relentless efforts on behalf of patients and their families and we are humbled and grateful to you for your service.”
“Thank you to all of New York City’s brave healthcare workers serving on the frontlines in the fight against coronavirus. Your unwavering commitment and selfless dedication are an inspiration to us all. Your courage and strength are a beacon of hope during this unprecedented time, and we salute you for all that you do every day to protect and care for so many.”
“Nomura extends its heartfelt gratitude to all healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your perseverance and selfless dedication to our community is an inspiration during this difficult time. We are very grateful for your heroic work every day. You bring us hope.”
“We are grateful for the selfless work and dedication of our healthcare heroes and frontline workers like you, who make sacrifices every day to keep the rest of us safe. Supporting you in this small way is the least we can do to say “thank you” for your invaluable contribution to our society.”
“We feel safe because of you. Your humility, kindness and strength are the reasons why we can enjoy our lives. We, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America, Inc., owe each one of you much gratitude. Please accept our heartfelt thank you for all your hard work.”
“Some go to great depths to help others. At KPMG, we appreciate the tremendous impact made by the healthcare professionals who continue to be on the front lines every day. With sincere gratitude, we honor your dedication, strength and courage in the battle against COVID-19. Thank you for all you’re doing to save lives and protect our community.”
– KPMG LLP
“To all our healthcare professionals working selflessly on the frontline, you are the true heroes during this difficult time and we sincerely appreciate each and every one of you.”
“Hitachi America, Ltd. is so grateful to all the frontline medical workers working around the clock caring for others and saving lives. Your dedication and mission in your contributions to society are most admirable. Thank you from all of us!”
“Thank you so much for the front line healthcare workers. All of your hard work and support during this difficult time save many lives and create our future. Your humanity, kindness, and strength are greatly appreciated. It’s our great pleasure to be a part of Nippon Club Support Program. We are always with you.”
“We, Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management (U.S.A.) Inc.strongly support the essential workers in the hospitals fighting COVID-19.
We believe that by helping each other, we can overcome the virus!
Our entire world has been turned upside down by this pandemic. It is in times like these that we should always look for the helpers among us.
The doctors, nurses, aides and other staff in our hospitals are true heroes and we are eternally grateful for them.”
“Thank you for the sacrifices you make every day and especially during this pandemic. We can’t even begin to imagine the battles that you are fighting on a daily basis. Your dedication, kindness and strength are greatly appreciated. You are truly the heroes!!”
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “We are deeply grateful for the sacrifices you continue to make on behalf of our communities. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.”
“MUFG is proud to support the Nippon Club in donating Japanese lunch boxes to medical workers in New York City hospitals—and we express our profound gratitude for the services of the healthcare community at the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis.”
“SMBC is proud to support the Nippon Club’s efforts to help New York City’s dedicated healthcare employees and all essential staff who are working tirelessly on the frontlines to care for their fellow New Yorkers during the coronavirus pandemic. We thank these individuals for the sacrifices they make every day — their unwavering dedication, commitment, and courage deserves our gratitude and admiration.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made the world acutely aware of how much we need one another. Our interconnectedness is more evident than we may have seen in our lifetimes.
In the midst of this global crisis, every day we witness extraordinary acts of courage, persistence, ingenuity, kindness, and love, from healthcare teams, grocery store employees, delivery people, teachers, volunteers, neighbors, and many more. We may not know their names, but their generosity of spirit is unmistakable. And for all this, we at Toray are deeply grateful. As a small gesture of thanks, the Toray Industries (America), Inc., team in New York City is committed to providing bento boxes to local hospitals. At the same time, the entire Toray Group continues to do everything it can to protect its employees, communities, and customers.”
“All of us at Toshiba America are deeply grateful to all of the healthcare workers who are working tirelessly to help keep our great city safe. Thank you for all the sacrifices you and your families are making to ensure we can all stay safe and healthy. You are truly the heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“A most heartfelt thank you to all front line/essential workers who are endlessly serving our communities during this pandemic. KDDI America Inc. proudly supports the Nippon Club’s initiative to provide COVID-19 fighters a small token of appreciation.”
“IHI Americas Inc. is grateful to the healthcare workers and first responders of New York City, and it is with great pleasure and deep gratitude that we humbly offer these meals as a token of our respect and appreciation.”
ITOCHU International Inc. is honored to be part of the Nippon Club’s “Let’s Support COVID-19 Fighters!” to show our deep gratitude to the healthcare professionals who have been working tirelessly on the frontline in the fight against the pandemic.
“Toyota Tsusho America proudly salutes the frontline healthcare workers who continue to stand up to COVID-19 to save lives and make our communities safer. Your efforts are nothing short of heroic – we are inspired by and immensely grateful for each one of you.”
“TMA is happy to support our New York City frontline healthcare workers. We are extremely grateful for you and your commitment in taking care of others throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your service!”
“We just want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you standing on the front lines, selflessly treating patients during this terrible pandemic. Truly, you are our heroes! Please stay safe and know we are thinking of you every day. We can get through this together. Sincerely,”
“Pillsbury is so thankful for the healthcare professionals who have been working tirelessly on the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. We honor your bravery and sacrifices, selflessly treating those affected during this most challenging time. Pillsbury is proud to support the Nippon Club and JCCI NY as they deliver meals to medical workers. Thank you!!”
“Canon U.S.A., Inc. would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of the frontline medical workers who have been working to protect our health and safety during the pandemic. Your hard work, dedication, and commitment are inspiring to us all.”
“TAKENAKA and TAK Development, Inc. wish to express our gratitude to all of the NYC frontline workers who put yourselves at risk each day to keep us safe. Thank you for your sleepless nights and invaluable efforts. We continue to send you our prayers, cheers and warmth!”
“ANA would like to express our sincere gratitude to New York City healthcare employees who continue to work tirelessly throughout the pandemic. You are truly an inspiration. As a global 5-star airline, ANA is proud of its commitment (“ANA Care Promise”) to health, hygiene and safety for our passengers. Together, let’s overcome this trying time! ”
Daiei Trading Co. Inc. / the rice factory New York
Hokuto International, Inc.
（as of October 13, 2021）