Since Hurricane Sandy devastated Rockaway Beach in the New York City borough of Queens last October, Michael Diamond, known best as the Beastie Boy's Mike D, has been serving up 200 to 500 free meals a day from his Rockaway Plate Lunch truck.
Diamond told GOOD magazine that the need for food at the Rockaway peninsula was immediately apparent when he and his good friend and restauranteur Robert McKinley arrived in the area to offer their help after the storm. With no available power, all shops and restaurants were closed.
"Everything was a mess out there," Diamond told Bon Appetit. "So, we started by just contacting some restaurateurs we knew in the city and bringing out hot food, then distributing it out there through some contacts we had, and a couple of great clergy folks who were doing great work with their churches. It was super-super-grassroots, people just going to give food out, but there were still all kinds of problems. You'd think that things were finally getting organizedRead More »from Beastie Boy Mike D serves up 19,000 free meals to Hurricane Sandy survivors