Orchard Grocer Announces ‘Vegan Bites’ Punchcard to Benefit Safe Horizons

Posted on: October 9th, 2020 at 5:12 am by

When the pandemic shutdown hit in mid-March, Orchard Grocer pivoted to become a virtual vegan grocery store. Six months later, ownership unveiled a to-go counter for their specialty house-made goods. Now, further inroads expansion within the vegan community.

Chef Nora Vargas and founders Erica and Sara Kubersky have joined forces with several female-owned, plant-based restaurants on the Lower East Side to launch a special food punchcard. It aims to raise funds and awareness for Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Project, a provider of emergency services and supportive care for homeless, runaway and street-involved young people around the city.

For $50, the “Lower Feast Side Vegan Bites Punchcard” gets you access to these eats: Korean Fried Broccoli at Dirt Candy, oat-milk soft serve from Whipped Urban Dessert, “The Bowery” from Orchard Grocer, a cupcake from Erin McKenna’s, and pumpkin hummus and spring rolls from May Kaidee.

“We love our local vegan and vegetarian restaurant community, and we know you do, too,” says Erica Kubersky, founder of Orchard Grocer and the adjacent MooShoes. “We’ve launched the Lower Feast Side Bites Vegan Punchcard to come together and support one another through this challenging time, and also give back to our little slice of NYC, as 10% of the total purchase will benefit Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Project, an organization near and dear to our hearts.”

Punchcards can be pre-ordered here, and picked up at Orchard Grocer during hours of operation, starting October 15. The card is good to use through the end of 2020, and profits will be shared among all five restaurants (based on contribution) in addition to Safe Horizons.

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