# Eric rosenfeld
RiceVan Launches Refugee Relief Program While Providing Meals and Jobs to New Afghan Refugees in Philadelphia
RiceVan started in the early days of the pandemic when restaurateur Dan Tsao, owner of EMei in Chinatown, and General Tsao’s House in Rittenhouse, needed to create a new business model when the lockdown threatened to destroy everything he had built. In May 2020, he founded RiceVan, an E-commerce food marketplace with suburban delivery up to 60 miles away in the tri-state region. The business originally focused on providing specialty Asian groceries and meals from Chinatown to members of the Asian community in the Philadelphia suburbs.