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A Kids’ Diner Making a Difference: Coping with the COVID-19 situation

Aired: May. 28, 2020

This segment features the changes caused by the COVID-19 situation to kids’ diner DAN-DAN, located in Tokyo. Kondo Hiroko opened the diner for kids from low-income families to provide them hearty meals at a low price. With the spread of COVID-19, the diner had to be closed, but Kondo started to provide meals by selling them in lunch boxes. How has Kondo adjusted the initiative for the kids and their parents, and what are her thoughts on the situation?

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Kondo Hiroko with a customer just outside the Kids’ Diner
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Lunch boxes sold at the Kids’ Diner
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Kondo Hiroko, founder of the Kids' Diner

Viewers’ Voice

I was very happy to see Kids’ Diner owner Kondo Hiroko again albeit under less favorable circumstances due to COVID-19. I marveled at how she found several ways to give back to her neighborhood by selling some food items at reduced prices and giving others away for free. She continues to inspire me to give back to my community in any way possible no matter how small it may be.

From Nigeria

I think that people like Kondo Hiroko are true-life heroes and she has even adapted her aid to the children and their families in order to keep her activities going without being stopped by the coronavirus. The world needs more people like her.

From Ireland

I was quite happy to see that Kondo Hiroko, undeterred by the growing restrictions due to the coronavirus situation, managed to still keep contact with her customers by coming up with the idea of selling produce and other grocery items at very affordable prices! I truly hope that she will be able to continue helping those in need despite whatever obstacles arise in the future. Her mind-set of steadfast hope in the face of growing hardships really impressed me.

From Spain