Food Bloggers Support for Sandy

by Jenn on November 2, 2012

in Uncategorized

This post doesn’t have a recipe.  It doesn’t have food, and it’s not about being gluten free.  Instead it’s about community.  As many of you know, last week, a crazy frankenstorm named Sandy hit the East Coast of the U.S. leaving millions without power, thousands evacuated from/lost their homes, several lost their lives, and it wreaked chaos and havoc across the northeastern seaboard, and affected people as far west as the Appalachians.  What has occurred has been horrific for me to watch, but I’m sure nothing compared to what it was like for those who were in the wake of Sandy’s fury.  There are so many of my friends still sitting in the dark and the cold, and many many more whom I don’t know who were touched by this storm.

So rather than make another post about our idyllic Autumn here en Suisse, far removed from everything, I had a conversation with my good friend Barb of Creative Culinary about what we could do.  Food brings people together in good times and bad, and food can bring us together this time, to help those in need.  We decided to create this event to bring the food blogging community together, so that we can join hands, and meals, and support for the victims of Sandy.

How can you help??

Thursday, November 8, 2012

– Create a post on your own blog sharing a comfort dish – something that you would make for someone in need, to help them feel at home.  But more importantly, lets encourage everyone to donate to relief efforts.  Feel free to grab the code for the badge below which links to the Red Cross disaster relief, and come back on Nov. 8th link up your post.

Don’t have a blog??

Please donate to help those in need.  Who to donate to?  Several organizations are dedicating themselves to helping the victims of hurricane Sandy.  Some of the larger ones include:

  • Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and other forms of support to hurricane victims.  You can donate directly to the Red Cross, you can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Salvation Army is also focused on providing food, shelter, and support to victims, and takes donations to storm relief.
  • Feeding America is providing food, water and supplies to those who need it as part of their disaster relief program.
  • For gluten free disaster victims, I’m afraid I’m not sure the best resources for hunger relief. However, others have provided links and suggestions in the comments to this post, so please check those out for ways to help. And if you have information, please feel free to add it in the comments below.

Follow hashtag #FBS4Sandy

to see everyone’s posts and encourage donations.

Grab the code below to add this badge to your post, which links to the Red Cross website to encourage donations. We’ll keep this up throughout November so feel free to join in even if you can’t participate on Nov. 8:


branny November 2, 2012 at 11:22 am

Trying my best to be in on this one!

Jenn November 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Thanks so much Branny, looking forward to it!

branny November 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I was so excited that I’ve got my post up and ready to go. It also happens to be GF!

Jenn November 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm


Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health November 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm

thanks sandy for hosting such a thoughtful and much needed event. I will try my best to spread the word out and link up a recipe.

Jenn November 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Can’t wait to see what you share :)

Adina | Gluten Free Travelette November 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Well done Jenn! Thank you for putting this together – I’ve got the perfect dish to share :-)

Jenn November 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Oh great Adina! Glad you can participate!

Jilly Inspired November 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Hi Jenn, I’ve been following your wonderful blog for some time now. I’ll try to do this and thanks!

Jenn November 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Thanks so much for joining in!

Erin Smith November 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Here are some other ways you can help with Gluten-Free Hurricane Relief

Jenn November 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Thanks so much, this is a great resource!

c November 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

does red cross or anyone else serve gluten free options i can not find one that does.

Jenn November 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

check out the link in the comment above by Erin, she lists some great resources for gluten free hurricane relief!

StreetGrubSteve November 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

LOVE this Jenn, awesome post! Count me in! Although my blog talks primarily about the NYC food truck world, this may be the most excellent reason to brush up on my culinary “skills”! I’ll do my best to spread the word.

Jenn November 3, 2012 at 7:24 am

Oh great, thanks!

Valerie November 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Thanks for doing this, Jenn! I’ll do my best to take part on Thursday. xo

Jenn November 3, 2012 at 7:24 am

Thanks Valerie, glad to have you joining in :)

Steve Leibowitz November 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Love from Boston to the NYC foodies. I’m going to get a recipe from one of the food trucks to post, and get the badge up by Monday. Thx for doing this, and thx to @StreetGrubSteve for letting me know about it.

Jenn November 3, 2012 at 7:26 am

Thanks so much for participating!

JCHokie November 3, 2012 at 4:26 am

Thank you for organizing this and creating the badge. I’ve gone ahead and used it in my blog post to encourage donation.

Jenn November 3, 2012 at 7:23 am

Thank so much for helping to spread the word!

Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free November 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

How great of you to put this together!
I’ll share the badge and do my best to participate and come back on Thursday with some GF comfort food :)

Jenn November 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Thanks for spreading the word and participating!

Sue November 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

What a great a idea! Thanks so much for coming up with it…

Jenn November 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Thanks! Hope you can join in!

Sara November 4, 2012 at 12:05 am

You can count me in!!! Been thinking of a recipe all weekend! Thanks for posting! #FoodBloggersUnite

Jenn November 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Great, glad to hear it!

Kelly November 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Hi Jenn…I think reaching out to help any one in need is great, but since you are gluten-free I thought I’d let you know that the Red Cross does not supply GF food to people. So, if you or your readers really want to reach those who need GF food, it is a better bet to encourage them to support their local food bank with GF donations through Feeding America.

I personally gave a donation for general help to Feeding America because I think anyone that is hungry is someone in need, whether GF or not.

Keep up the good work! *hugs*


Jenn November 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Hi Kelly –

Thanks for that information, I’m sure it will be useful for those who want to donate GF food.

Laura@MotherWouldKnow November 5, 2012 at 2:13 am

Jenn, Wonderful idea – many thanks for organizing it. I’ll try to join you and the merry band.

Jenn November 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Wonderful, glad to hear you will participate!

Tracey w/Central Restaurant Products November 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I’m a copywriter for a restaurant/foodservice supply company so my blogs are more restaurant industry related, however I did want to share a blog we wrote last Thursday with help/info for business owners. And I just posted an update today where those can go to help with or get information about gluten-free/allergy-free items. Keep up the great work!!!

Jenn November 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Thanks so much for the very helpful links in your post! Useful for both those in need and those who wish to donate!

StreetGrubSteve November 8, 2012 at 6:24 am

Hi Jenn,

Just posted my recipe- it’s the first recipe ever on my site and the result was surprisingly delicious! Thanks again for doing this – with the Nor’Easter bringing in second evacuations from disaster areas, more aid is definitely needed for Sandy victims.


Jenn November 8, 2012 at 7:54 am

Thank you so much Steve for participating!!

Cindy November 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Hi Jenn, nice to meet you from over at Mardi’s eat-live-write-travel. I will do a post for this along with a Big Batch Chicken Soup recipe in my blog post this evening, and be back to “link” in with everyone. It is all ABOUT coming together … good job on doing this.

Jenn November 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Thanks so much Cindy – looking forward to your soup!

Diana November 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Thank you for heading such a thoughtful community experience. Here’s my contribution! Please let me know how else I can help spread the word :)

Jenn November 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Thanks Diana! Feel free to add your post in the linky above so that others can easily find it :)

Gerry @ Foodness Gracious November 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Hey Jenn, this is an awesome way for us all to band together! Am I too late to add the button to my latest post? Would love to spread even more awareness :)

Jenn November 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Not too late at all! Please post and encourage donations!

Purple Asparagus November 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm

My family’s had a long sad history with hurricanes. I know my dad, who passed away right before Hurricane Irene, would need some serious comfort food if he’s watching this in heaven. This post is for him. Thanks for organizing this.

Jenn November 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Your post is so incredibly moving. Thank you so much for participating.

Lynn November 8, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Thanks so much to you and Barbara for organizing this.

Jenn November 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Thank you for joining in and participating!

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