In the last two weeks there has been an incredible number of self-organized efforts that have emerged to bring support to some of the communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Plovgh too felt the urgency to jump in and help in a way that we best know how - connecting farms and people.
We held our first Plovgh volunteer day last Sunday in the home kitchen of the Rose Water chefs, and coordinated produce donations from some of our farm friends. (A big thank you to Brooklyn Grange and North Fork Egg Farm for their contributions!) We had over forty people volunteer their time, and more folks are continuing to reach out and ask how they can help.
That was just the beginning of the stories that began to unfold.
A friend wrote to us that he had meet someone named Chris Dalton owner of Dalton’s Seaside Grill while out volunteering in the Rockaways and told us how they had a buffet set up out back of the restaurant and were feeding volunteers and locals. The food had been cooked elsewhere and delivered and they were heating it up on a sterno to feed people throughout the day. Did we know of anyone making prepared food in bulk that could help out? We put them in touch with Food Not Bombs and the next day meals were being delivered out to Dalton’s to feed the community.
This week Kassy at Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership wrote to us that their farm stand had been canceled due to the Nor’easter that blew through yesterday and told us that they had produce they wanted to donate. And then this happened:
Not only was a farmer able to salvage the crops that had been harvested for the farm stand, but the volunteers at Occupy Sandy were able to get more food for their kitchens and continue cooking meals.
It’s super exciting to witness these connections and the collaborations that they spark which ultimately result in people getting fed. If you want to get involved check out these opportunities to volunteer or drop us a line.