In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many food businesses in New York City have been helping out by holding relief dinners and giving away free meals. Food trucks have been particularly helpful in getting food out to severely affected areas in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and New Jersey. Although Serious Eats: New York is keeping us updated on Sandy stories from the food world, I wanted to point out what some of our friends in the burger world have done to help, and what you can do.
On Sunday, a group of volunteers from the Food Film Festival staff—including fellow burger blogger (and more) David "Rev" Ciancio of Burger Conquest and burger documentarian George Motz—served over 400 freshly made burgers for free to residents and workers in the Rockaways with the help of food truck The Fisherman's Dog and Rockaway Taco. (Another 1,400 patties were left for The Fisherman's Dog and Rockaway Taco to continue making burgers with later.) Burger Maker donated patties, Jarlsberg donated cheese, Leske's Bakery donated buns, and Sweet'N Low helped fund the meals for #BurgerAidNYC.
Beyond burgers, food trucks have been serving free meals to thousands of people since last week. The New York City Food Truck Association started sending out food trucks to areas in need last Friday, and the number of trucks and meals has been growing since, thanks to sponsorships from JetBlue and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, and donations from their highly successful Indiegogo fundraiser. Today, 22 trucks served free meals in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens. (Shout-out to burger truck Frites 'n Meats for being part of the free food truck brigade!) You can help food trucks serve more free meals by donating to NYCFTA's second fundraiser running until midnight tonight. We're holding a giveaway at Serious Eats: New York open to those who donate $50 or more today.
Occupy Sandy Relief is an excellent resource for finding out where to volunteer or donate goods and for getting general updates about Sandy-related matters. Our cupcake-making friends the Robicellis, who spearheaded grassroots relief efforts where no help was coming from major disaster relief agencies, constantly update their Twitter (@robicellis) with information on how to help. TreeHugger has a list of other ways to volunteer.
Here are some of the many ways to donate to Sandy relief efforts:
- Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
- Occupy: Sandy Relief NYC
- Amazon registries: Brooklyn and New Jersey
- City Harvest
- Brooklyn Recovery Fund
- Habitat for Humanity
- Save the Children
- United Way
- The Salvation Army
- Red Cross
- The Humane Society