Melba’s To Partner With God’s Love We Deliver On Limited-Edition Pride Cake

June 3, 2024

For the month of June, Harlem’s celebrated comfort food restaurant Melba’s will offer a delicious rainbow, multi-layered Pride-themed cake in partnership with God’s Love We Deliver.

The NYC-based nonprofit plans to cook and home-deliver more than 4.3 million medically tailored meals to New Yorkers living with severe and chronic illnesses in this year alone. The partnership will kick off a month filled with love, acceptance, and, above all, pride.

“Melba’s will donate half of all proceeds earned …”

Throughout June, Melba’s will donate half of all proceeds earned from the Rainbow Pride Cake to God’s Love. Patrons can purchase a slice of cake ($10) to celebrate love and diversity in the New York community. 

“I have been a longtime supporter of God’s Love We Deliver’s dedication to helping communities across the New York metropolitan area, and we are so proud to collaborate with them to debut our rainbow Pride Cake,” said restaurateur and celebrity chef Melba Wilson, who is a valued Board Member of God’s Love We Deliver. “Each cake is not only delicious but also extends a helping hand to support the incredible endeavors of the organization.”

At its inception, God’s Love We Deliver served one client living with HIV/AIDS. Over the past four decades, the organization has evolved to serve the broader needs of New Yorkers living with more than 200 severe and chronic illnesses, including individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. God’s Love relies on the engagement of volunteers and donations from supporters like Melba’s, who provide 65 percent of all funding.

“At God’s Love We Deliver, food is a symbol of love, care, and acceptance,” said David Ludwigson, President & CEO of God’s Love We Deliver. “We are always grateful to partner with Chef Melba Wilson because she shares the same commitment to making food with compassion that will support recovery and healing.”


At God’s Love We Deliver, each medically tailored meal is handcrafted with love, always made with quality, nutritionist-approved ingredients, and delivered with personalized care when New Yorkers need it most.

“… we plan to home-deliver more than 4.3 million medically tailored meals …”

God’s Love We Deliver cooks and home-delivers nutritious, medically tailored meals for people too sick to shop or cook for themselves. Founded in 1985 as a response to the AIDS pandemic, we now serve people living with more than 200 different diagnoses. To support the health and well-being of our clients, we provide ongoing nutrition assessment, education, and counseling, and advocate for food and nutrition support. God’s Love is a non-sectarian organization serving individuals living with illness, and their children and caregivers. With a community of thousands of volunteers, we plan to home-deliver more than 4.3 million medically tailored meals to nearly 15,000 individuals this year. All services are free to clients and full of love. For more information, visit glwd.org. 

Melba Wilson is a James Beard nominee, she , is a true Harlem native, embodying the essence of New York as one of the most successful African-American women in the restaurant and catering industries. Her remarkable achievements and stellar reputation have made Melba’s Restaurant a beloved New York landmark, frequented by a diverse array of patrons, including music, TV, and movie stars like Zendaya, Katy Perry, Prince Harry, Tom Holland, Michael Strahan, A$AP Rocky, Sherri Shepherd, D-Nice, Kendrick Lamar, and more, as well as locals and travelers from around the globe.

Melba’s journey towards success began early, showcasing her keen eye and insightful nature. Her introduction to the restaurant business at Harlem’s iconic Sylvia’s Restaurant paved the way for her innovative ideas, such as the popular Sunday Gospel Brunch, which garnered widespread acclaim within the industry. 

Collaborations with renowned figures like former Executive Chef Michael Lomanco and partnerships with esteemed restaurateurs Drew Nieporent and Robert DeNiro have further solidified Melba’s position as a trailblazer in the culinary world. In 2004, she made the bold decision to venture out on her own, establishing a series of successful businesses under the Melba brand, Melba’s Harlem, Melba’s Central Park, Melba’s at The Prudential Center in Newark, Melba’s Catering and Melba’s Grand Central and Melba’s 550 which will both open this year, each earning rave reviews and accolades from prestigious publications and culinary experts. 

Melba’s influence extends beyond her businesses, as she makes regular appearances on national news and talk shows, serves as a judge on various cooking competitions, and has been featured in documentaries that celebrate her achievements. Recognized for her outstanding contributions, Melba has received numerous awards and honors, underscoring her significant impact on the hospitality industry and beyond. 

“… a dedicated mother, author, philanthropist,  community advocate …”

As a dedicated mother, author, philanthropist,  community advocate, as well as sole owner and investor in each of her ventures, Melba continues to be a beacon of excellence and empowerment, supporting various causes and organizations in Harlem and throughout New York City including God’s Love We Deliver, NYC Tourism & Conventions, Harlem Village Academies and President Emeritus of The NYC Hospitality Alliance. With a legacy of 19 years in business and over 11 million meals served, Melba’s commitment to culinary excellence and community engagement shines brightly.

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