Protest mob is enjoying rich diet
Via New York Post: They may sleep in the park, but they eat like kings. Hundreds of grimy protesters laying siege to Wall Street and stuffed into the now-smelly Zuccotti Park dine each night on gourmet meals prepared by a former hotel chef using only the finest organic ingredients.
“The other day, we made some wonderful salmon cakes with dill sauce and some quinoa salad and a wonderful tomato salad with fennel and red onion,’’ he said. “We use organic, grass-fed meats, and the other day, we made a wonderful fried rice and root vegetables and all kinds of soup.”
So last night, for example, while your family of four may have been forced to resort to Hamburger Helper, thanks to Smith’s culinary magic, hordes of Occupy Wall Street protesters instead feasted on organic chicken, spaghetti Bolognese, roasted beet and sheep’s milk-cheese salad and wild heirloom potatoes.
Most of the produce, grass-fed meat and organic chicken is donated from small organic farms upstate, including Northland Sheep Dairy, West Haven Farm and Wide Awake Bakery in Ithaca, and several farms in Connecticut and Vermont. When food is ready for the protesters, a driver collects crates from each of the cooperative farms and drives to New York City with a truckload of goodies.
At the beginning, the group did much of its cooking in people’s homes. “Then, we had the ‘99 percent’ march on the Brooklyn Bridge, and there were so many people after that it wasn’t realistic to cook in private homes anymore,” said Heather Squire, 31, an unemployed, off-site kitchen coordinator from Williamsburg.
On Saturdays, when the protester ranks swell, up to 12 cooks stir the pots. A driver then picks up the meals, and the food is served by 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. “It was so exciting that right at this moment of all this anxiety about how we’re going to feed all these people, someone stepped up to help,” Squire said.
These protestors should be ashamed. How many homeless and underprivileged families could be fed with this food?
In February of this year, the Daily News reported that the number of New Yorkers on food stamps soared to a record 3 million – an 11% jump from 2009 and a 65% increase in the past five years.
According to The Coalition for the Homeless’ “State of the Homeless” report, which was released in April 2011, more than 113,000 city residents were living in shelters last year — an increase from nearly 105,000 in 2009. Number of people in homeless shelters in New York: 39,000. Number of children in New York shelters: 16,000.
Glad to know these volunteers are prioritizing their efforts, supporting those “in need”.