Urban Meals - featuring Donnie's Kitchen

Wilmington, New Hanover County | Series


Marty Siu

2 Campaigns | North Carolina, United States

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This campaign raised $27,435 for production. Follow the filmmaker to receive future updates on this project.

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Join us in helping to end hunger in Wilmington, N.C. while also supporting local film crew, & local businesses. Each meal that we cook, will feed the homeless/hungry in our community. Our entire crew serves, fellowships & helps to end food insecurities here in the Port City.

About The Project

  • The Story
  • Wishlist
  • Updates
  • The Team
  • Community

Mission Statement

We cook a large meal during each show, to feed those often forgotten in our community. Many whom we serve are elderly & alone, some are young children growing up in poverty, many live on the streets, some in homeless camps in the woods. Our producer is female, & our crew ranges from ages 18-75.

The Story

Urban Meals is a cooking show which will serve healthy, home cooked meals to the homeless and hungry people of Wilmington, N.C. The creater of this cooking show is a single mom whose worked in the film industry for years and who also, with her family, has served meals for many years to those in need, in the cities they've lived in, and on various mission trips. The team of Urban Meals couldn't be more spectacular together, not only in talent, but in heart! We have the best team members on the planet, and are hoping to be able to grow our team with each episode.


With this cooking show, our intenet is to employ out of work film crew, since film incentives were taken away from NC a couple of years ago, leaving several tv/film workers in desperate circumstances, while also helping to end food insecurities here in our own city.  We cook for, serve, and fellowship with the hungry in our community, and are working with different outreach programs in Wilmington to not only stop hunger, but to also aide in developing work skills, mentorship, and job placement for those in need. 


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Here are ways to join us in healing the food insecurities in our community:


- Click the FOLLOW button on our page. In order to reach our goal, we need at least 1000 followers! Please click and follow now! :)


- Share, share, share! Please share our page to your social media platforms. Tell your friends, co-workers, neighbors, churches, workout buddies, etc... so that together we can make a huge difference here in our community!


- Contribute financially to the campaign (any amount is amazing) and be a part of this journey of filming a cooking show here in Wilmington, that not only pours money back into our local economy, but also pours heart back into the needs of our communtity.


- Equipment needed right away - a Lighting Kit, and a second Camera (Black Magic). Please contact us is you have one for sale or rent.



We cannot thank you enough for your interest and support for our show, URBAN MEALS - Featuring Donnie's Kitchen. Our hope is to bring our community together and celebrate love, food, and art in a powerful way that makes a positive difference, and we cannot do that without you!


Use the WishList to Pledge cash and Loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an Incentive directly.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Production Crew

Costs $15,200

To pay our crew!


Costs $3,000

To hire our host and guest chefs!


Costs $8,500

To purchase our equipment, arts, and gear

Locations, Permits and Miscellaneous Expenses

Costs $2,300

Production for locations, permits, film festivals and misc expenses

Cast & Crew Catering

Costs $2,000

To feed our cast and crew

Community Meals

Costs $2,400

Groceries and cookware. Each meal that we cook, every episode, will feed the hungry/homeless.

About This Team

MARTY SIU - Marty has been working in the film industry for about 25 years. She and her children have volunteered for many years with soup kitchens, domestic violence centers, and food banks in Charlotte and in Wilmington. Her heart to combine artistic creativity with the need to serve those hurting in our community, is the desire and passion that is fueling this show. She is our creator and producer.


JORDAN RAY ALLEN - Jordan Ray Allen is an award winning Writer-Director who creates and releases films under the philosophy of "Make the art and stay out of the results." At present, he is penning a genre-bending anthology series called 'The Montgomery Murders'. We are so fortunate to have him as our director and editor of this show!


MICHAEL SIU - Michael's technical and creative skills are most valuable to this show. He's an exceptional photographer as well as a student of Criticial Thinking, and Green Building & Design Concept. His sharp mind, combined with modern creativity, lends remarkable vision to this production, as our set photographer and creative consultant.



JEFF TURNER - Jeff has been creating graphic designs and commercial videos for about ten years.  He has always seen a reason to serve those in need. Recently he has worked with Vigilant Hope and the Food Bank to aid the hungry in the Wilmington community. Jeff hopes to be able to combine the arts and volunteer work to allow him to help even more people in need. Jeff's incredible talent, as our graphic designer and creative consultant, is a treasure to our show.


MEREDITH JACKSON - Meredith is a writer, producer, and actress. She enjoys filmmaking, helping others, and of course, delicious food. Meredith has an extensive film resume, works back and forth from the West to East Coasts and we are thrilled to have her on our team as an associate producer!


DONOVAN TYREE - Donovan is our host and a young man of many outstanding talents! He's been cooking, singing, and performing leading roles in live theater for as long as he can remember. His culinary skills are fantastic, and wait till you hear him sing! He WILL be doing so in episode 2! :) Donovan's heart is as big as his talent and we are so excited to have him as our chef and host! 

Current Team