02/22/11: Many soup kitchens depend on food donations gathered by non-profit organization, Rock and Wrap It Up!
Founder Syd Mandelbaum was inspired by his parents, holocaust survivors, to form anti-poverty thinktank, Rock and Wrap It Up! which distributes leftover food from different industries to the local hungry community.
Mandelbaum also announces Hungerpedia, an online project, which will list charitable agencies and their needs in order to match them with local donors.
Twenty Years of RWU Thanksgivings
Rock and Wrap It Up! will conduct its 20th annual Thanksgiving Day Feast on Thursday November 24, 2011 at the First Congregational Church, 320 Beach 94th Street Rockaway Beach, NY 11693. Doors open at 11 am. Sit down lunch and take out meals will be available along with pantry bags, pet meals and taxi service. All are welcomed to dine with us. We thanks Mother Kelly's, Paul Anthony's and Friendlier Restaurants for cooking and preparing the turkeys. We recognize Bellmore-Merrick School District, Apple and Eve, Methodist Outreach Program, Starbucks, Wall's Bakery, The Bagelry and Island Bagel Bar for their generous donations. Over 120 volunteers have signed up to help serve in four shifts. Last year, over 500 meals were prepared and we expect an increase this year. For more information, please contact us. Donations needed and accepted.
This article from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explores how the different Rock and Wrap it Up! programs reduce landfill build-up while fighting poverty and hunger. In addition, donors avoid expenditure on waste disposal.
The Nassau Herald report on Syd Mandelbaum's appearance on VH1 to mentor the ladies of "Rock of Love's Charm School" on charity and poverty. Show host is long-time supporter of Rock and Wrap It Up!, Sharon Osbourne.
CQ discusses legislation which requires government agencies to donate food to charities that help feed the hungry. This proposed legislation was conceived by Rock and Wrap It Up!
This press release describes how anti-poverty think tank Rock and Wrap It Up! created an Act to encourage federal buildings to donate excess food to feed the hungry. President George W. Bush signed the Federal Food Donation Act of 2008 into law on June 19, 2008. The Act will feed millions of hungry people in the U.S.