New Yorkers Celebrate Memorial Day Fighting Hunger
New York, NY -- May 31, 2011 -- Many New Yorkers typically spend Memorial Day at the beach or in the park, eating barbeque with family and friends. On this Memorial Day, some people found the time to gather at Union Square Farmers Market and help feed those in New York most in need. Local farmers at Union Square generously donated their surplus produce to Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, whose four soup kitchens make good use of fresh local products.
Volunteers from Masbia and City Harvest teamed up to work under the hot sun, collecting, packing up, and loading crates of fruits and vegetables. Yesterday’s sweltering heat and humidity didn’t stop these men and women, young and old, from donning their green aprons and making their rounds to each donating vendor at the market. “I worked at one of Masbia’s kitchens with a group from my school,” said Jamie Hasson, a junior at Magen David Yeshiva H.S. “It felt really good, so this time I brought my friends.” People passing by often stopped to ask what was going on, and several people wanted to do even more, asking how they also could help.