After weeks of gravy-soaked fever dreams, Thanksgiving is finally upon us. Many of us will enjoy the holiday in the company of family and friends around a big old dinner table. We should count ourselves lucky. Over 2 million New Yorkers are food insecure, meaning their access to healthful meals, dur ... More >>
Most days, the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in Chelsea gets about 50 volunteers, sometimes as much as 70. This Thanksgiving, they will have more than a hundred, all of whom signed-up far in advance. The first-come-first-serve list filled up weeks ago, and the kitchen has had to turn away "hundreds" of ... More >>
Unfortunately for the 1.8 million New York City residents relying on SNAP benefits, the protests of organizations like New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCAAH) and political advocates like mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney have gone unheeded. Beginning today, ... More >>
Wallace Shawn messes with the planet
Though it already seems like ages ago, we once had a semi-functioning federal government. And before it closed down entirely for 16 days, that government was debating cutting SNAP benefits for millions of dependent hungry Americans--a fight that should start up again now that Washington is back in a ... More >>
Global hunger affects nearly a billion people on our planet, and deadly acute malnutrition affects 55 million children worldwide. Action Against Hunger works to feed the many people around the world struggling to find the next meal, and now you can help them further their cause and have a drink whil ... More >>
At the end of the week, we'll officially welcome summer. Ring it in with some off-beat food related happenings this week sure to be more interesting than firing up the grill again.
How many of these could you knock back? Tomorrow dumpling manufacturer Chef One will sponsor a dumpling eating contest at Smorgasburg, located at North 6th Street and the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Food Bank For New York City, and if you think wa ... More >>
The Times has a story today about Mayor Mike Bloomberg's battle with supersized sodas and how his fight is playing out in New York's poorest borough, the Bronx. Part of Bloomberg's move, the article explains, stems from the persistence of obesity in the Bronx. Though anti-obesity measures have bee ... More >>
Here's a publicity stunt we can get behind: Mario Batali and his family are eating for a week on a food stamp budget--$31 a person, for the entire week. Batali is protesting budget cuts to SNAP currently pending in Congress.
Gardens are hard to come by in New York City -- but that's because they're not a necessity. But in places like Africa, obtaining food isn't as easy as heading over to the local bodega and swiping the credit card. Gardens are a vital part communities in impoverished nations and a NYC-based organiza ... More >>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is going around the state this week telling folks about his 2012-2013 executive budget -- and while he was visiting New York City yesterday, he took the opportunity to push his food stamp agenda. Y'know, the agenda that has the governor directly butting heads with Mayor Mike Bloomb ... More >>
A top U.N. human rights expert got into a heated disagreement with the leader of the World Trade Organization on Friday, calling WTO-backed food policies "outdated" and a "lose-lose" for the world's poor, the Associated Press reports.
If you didn't already have your concerns about food banks -- considering that they can be stocked with shit you wouldn't want to eat -- here's more unsettling news.
Americans like to lend a helping hand to the less fortunate during Thanksgiving and Christmas -- by giving them low-quality foodstuffs such as ramen and frosted cereal.
The new face of poverty on Sesame StreetIn an effort to raise awareness about poverty and hunger, the makers of Sesame Street are introducing a new Muppet to the neighborhood. Her name is Lily, and her family has an "ongoing struggle with hunger."
This is the first big citywide weekend of the drive to collect items needed by New York farmers who were quite literally blown away by Hurricane Irene, and flooded out, too. Following is an updated list of times and drop-off points beginning this weekend, from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m., please:
Following last year's mass slaughter of Prospect Park geese, the Department of Environmental Protection is trying to appease its numerous critics. Not by emphasizing its concern for animal welfare, mind you, but by touting its dedication to recycling. This summer, instead of being left to rot ... More >>
Regular guys test out some of the recipes on Marcus Samuelsson's FoodRepublic.com, a food blog targeted at men. [NY Daily News] Treme has shifted its focus this season from music to food, with real celebrity chefs making cameos and scenes set in professional kitchens. [NY Times] The source ... More >>
Since 1981, World Food Day has come around every October to increase awareness and understanding of hunger, and promote actions to alleviate it. But its scope is just so planetary, so mindful of countries that don't suffer from an overabundance of junk food, subsidized corn, and diabetic thir ... More >>
Gabby Giffords and Mark KellyAstronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition after Saturday's shooting, has issued a statement. Via Giffords' website, Kelly says, "There is little that we can do but pray for those who are strugg ... More >>
City HarvestWell, here's a little smidge of silver lining attached to an otherwise gray cloud of un-plowed streets and disabled subway lines: according to City Harvest's Facebook page, FreshDirect donated 72,000 pounds food to the organization after Sunday night's blizzard brought business up ... More >>
Being so close to the New York metropolitan area is great for nearby farmers because of the locavoric trend, but difficult because of the high cost of land. [NY Times] Action Against Hunger set up 10,000 plates in front of the Eiffel tower for an installation called "Banquet Against Hunger" ... More >>
Starbucks is telling its baristas to slow down and focus more on the artistry of making coffee drinks, such as steaming milk for each drink individually instead of by the pitcher, which you can expect to result in longer lines at the counter. [Wall Street Journal] A group of bakers in Krakow ... More >>
Bug lovers are pushing entomophagy (the eating of insects) as a high-protein, low-fat, cheap, environmentally sustainable, and trendy new diet. [Wall Street Journal] The owners of Torrisi Italian Specialties are embracing Chinatown's encroachment on Little Italy this San Gennaro with special ... More >>
The government of the people, by the people, and for the people has proven itself adept to knowing the people's will, as charges against The People's Hero -- some tiny Japanese guy who could eat an entire fraternity for lunch -- have been dropped as of today, according to the New York Daily N ... More >>
The United Homeless Organization -- the non-profit group which, since 1993, has been setting up tables on street corners throughout the city and soliciting money with those ubiquitous plastic UHO water jugs -- is a fraud, according to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo is suing the group, ... More >>
Four Seasons Restaurant co-owner Alex Von Bidder is insisting that Jean Mackenzie, who owns the Four Seasons Caterer in Southampton, change the name of her business so as not to suggest any connection to the restaurant. [NY Daily News] Costco has announced that it is no longer carrying Coca- ... More >>
International aid agencies are saying that a United Nations summit on food security that kicked off in Rome today could be a "waste of time" as it won't commit donors to provide more money to end world hunger. [Bloomberg] Companies like Nestle and Frito Lay are offering "mommy bloggers" all- ... More >>
Just in time for Thanksgiving comes a report from the Agriculture Department stating that the percentage of families who "had difficulty providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources" rose from 11.1 percent in 2007 to 14.6 percent in 2008.
Food, and creative types? What's not to love?
Just like the old saying goes: One man's overly publicized bong hit is another man's boon.The San Francisco Food Bank, an organization that collects food donations and distributes them to hundreds of community food programs, recently received an amusing windfall: Two tons of Kellogg's Cornflakes and ... More >>
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