By SeafoodSource staff
Published on 06 November, 2012
Seafood suppliers and wholesalers are teaming up with restaurants to feed those still without power and food in New York City and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy swept through the Northeast United States.
Wholesaler Pierless Fish in Brooklyn, N.Y., for example, is distributing its seafood and fish donated by its vendors to certain New York restaurants and to City Harvest, an organization that delivers donated perishables to communities that need food.
While Pierless donated more than 1,000 pounds of its own stock of fish to City Harvest this week, it is also donating swordfish to New York City restaurants Marlow & Sons and Diner. Those restaurants plan to grill swordfish and other food for the hungry in the Rockaway Beach area of Queens and other locations this week.
“One of the biggest needs right now is warm, nutritious foods. People are sick of peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches,” said Laura Sadai, an accounts manager for Pierless Fish. Seafood vendors that have donated fish include Viking Village and Kashiko Exports, both based in New Jersey.
Chefs want to get involved and help their communities, according to Sadai and others. In fact, top New York seafood restaurants Le Bernardin and Oceana have already distributed hundreds of meals via City Harvest.
In addition, Skuna Bay, Vancouver Island Craft Raised Salmon, partnered with Chef David Burke to donate nearly 1,000 pounds of its salmon to New Jersey charities. Starting 13 November, Burke will donate a percentage of the profits for all Skuna Bay salmon dishes sold at his four New York restaurants to Table to Table and Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
StarKist Co. also donated more than USD 89,000 worth of StarKist Flavor Fresh Pouch products and cans of tuna to Feeding America, which will distribute the tuna to community centers in cities impacted by the hurricane.