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Food For Thought: Bruins Joining Effort To Donate Leftover Food To Feed Homeless

The Bruins’ efforts to help feed hungry people in the greater Boston region were profiled on NBC’s “Nightly News” last night as part of the “Making a Difference” segment. NBC's Peter Alexander reported the Bruins “used to throw away any cooked food that didn't get eaten,” which would add up to 25 tons of food that “each year simply went to waste.” However, following each game, the TD Garden staff “wraps up those leftovers” and donates the food “to the Boston Rescue Mission, where they serve hundreds of people each day." Bruins Exec VP Charlie Jacobs: "This is great that people are going to have an opportunity to have a meal that would otherwise not have a chance to eat." Alexander noted the NHL "is now on-board" and MLB is "considering signing up, too." Alexander: "All this the idea of Syd Mandelbaum, who founded what's called Rock and Wrap It Up in 1994 to help feed the hungry. Mandelbaum's crusade is a tribute to his parents who nearly starved to death in a Nazi concentration camp." Mandelbaum: "I want to change this country so that what my parents went through no one in this country has to go through: Hunger." Alexander noted in its 17 years, Rock and Wrap It Up has "fed more than a half-billion people.” William Oranzak, who works at the Boston Rescue Mission that distributes the food, said a "little bit of everything that comes from the Boston Garden will go into various meals throughout the day" ("Nightly News," NBC, 4/4).
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