Soup kitchens have been a regular source of free meals for the needy and are branching out across the nation. Backed mostly by volunteers and, occasionally, independent farmers, establishments are fighting world hunger a day at a time. To make its own donation and break a world record, Green Giant cooked up a 637-pound green bean casserole.
“We wanted to celebrate our inaugural year in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade by baking up some excitement while helping so many people in this incredible city,” Jordan Greenberg, Green Giant’s vice president, said in a statement.
The tasty dish, which comprised of 780 cans of green beans, fed a whopping 2,000 elderly New Yorkers. A handful of Stella 34 Trattoria chefs took the lead, accompanied by the Green Giant mascot himself. While the serving trumped the last record-setting casserole by 81 pounds, the event was all about giving back.
[Greenberg] added that the company “has been a staple in Thanksgiving feasts for more than 100 years.”
The amount of enthusiasm on social media proves that green bean casserole truly never gets old.
Houston bakers and Pizza Hut employees alike have made efforts to feed hurricane victims in Texas. We unfortunately can’t say the same for anyone in Puerto Rico — unless you’re José Andrés. The Spanish-American chef opened feeding stations for thousands of Puerto Ricans.
Since Andrés landed, he and his volunteers have been able to deliver some 8,000 meals a day to those in need. Footage posted to the chef’s Twitter account… shows sandwiches, paella and other meals being made by his crew from World Central Kitchen.
Despite the occasional ingredient shortages, Andrés and his team have powered through, inviting other chefs to join them. The Twitter hashtag #chefsforPuertoRico has allowed cooks across the nation to communicate and organize donations. (All hail the power of social media!)
Andrés [expressed]… he would like to expand his efforts to the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, which… is completely devastated in Maria’s aftermath and is likely not to receive aid until Puerto Rico does.
Andrés has also taken to online platforms to advise President Trump on proper relief etiquette. That’s a chef I don’t want to mess with.