Name: South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS)
What They Do: The South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS) was founded in 2000 in response to critical issues regarding barriers to social services faced by New York City’s fast-growing South Asian community. They assist individuals and families in the areas of healthcare access and awareness, connect people to various benefits, provide senior support services, promote civic engagement, and advocate for social justice. They also provide basic and advanced English and computer courses and run the first South Asian food pantry in New York. All SACSS programs are free and are provided by culturally competent staff members who speak 11 different South Asian languages, Spanish, and Creole. They serve more than 15,000 clients each year.
How They Do It:
Mission: To empower and integrate underserved South Asian immigrants into the economic and civic life of New York.
Latest project/campaign: SACSS runs the first South Asian food pantry in the Flushing, New York community. The pantry follows a client-choice model, meaning that clients choose the foods they take home, rather than being given a pre-packaged assortment, and provides culturally appropriate South Asian staple foods and spices. The pantry serves as a supplementary support system for individuals and families who want to make healthy food and lifestyle choices.
Major Funding: Federal, State, City, Grants, Foundations and Individual Donors
Annual Revenue: N/A
Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: The organization’s staff speak 11 South Asian languages, as well as Spanish and Creole.
Location: Flushing, NY
Core Programs: Healthcare Access, Senior Services, Food Pantry, English & Computer Classes, Civic Engagement
Number of staff: 14
Number of volunteers: 20
Number of coworking members: N/A
Areas served: Queens, Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan and The Bronx
Year Started: 2000
Director: Sudha Acharya