Friends of Firefighters is an amazing and vital organization that provides free mental health services to the firefighters of New York. It was started by Nancy Carbone, who had no experience in the counseling field, after 9/11 when first responders needed some help processing the tragedy and turned to her to make it happen. Since then, Friends of Firefighters has been assisting the community for almost twenty years, including through Superstorm Sandy and now the Covid pandemic.
Food Karma has been lucky to have Friends of Firefighters as a community partner and participant at many of our events. While the home kitchen is historically and stereotypically been thought of as a women’s space, the kitchen and communal cooking are tremendously important in firehouses. This focus on cooking as a unifier makes Friends of Firefighters and Food Karma natural partners. Read our interview below to learn more about Friends of Firefighters, their mission and how they got involved with Food Karma Projects. You can donate to Friends of Firefighters here.