A Celebrity Roast with Charity in Mind

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

If you find New York a bit funnier this week, it's because the Comedy Festival kicks off tonight. Some of the best comedians are out there and now here.

Tonight, they're roasting a guy who knows a thing or two about roasts -- celebrity chef Mario Batali.

When Chef Mario Batali gets roasted, the jokes will be at his expense, but all for a good cause. Money raised at his roast will benefit the Food Bank for New York City.

Tyrone Harrysingh is the chief operating officer of the Food Bank. The shelves here are constantly stocked and food goes out to 12-hundred programs in the city. But that doesn't mean all the needs of New York's hungry are being met.

Harrysingh says that about five times more food is now going out, in part, because there are more working poor now -- people who in spite of having jobs need help to get by.

The Food Bank gets by mainly from government donations, but about a third of the food here comes directly from food manufacturers.

And the Food Bank can do that by keeping its overhead costs low, and the hope is that tonight's event featuring comedy and a popular chef will bring in more money and help feed even more New Yorkers.

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