Slice Out Hunger, Scott Wiener’s pizza-charity extravaganza, rocked the Village again last week when more than six hundred people waited in a line that went nearly three-quarters the way around a city block for $1 pizza slices from 43 of New York's best-known shops. In total, those pizzerias donated 800 pies and over $20,000 was raised for Food Bank For NYC, a non-profit that provides 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. The money from Slice Out Hunger's equates to 100,000 meals.
Last year I documented the event by making a video (which is posted to Pizzacentric here). It documents the excitement that ensues at the event, which Wiener calls "New York City's Biggest Pizza Party": loud DJ'd music, enthusiasm for pizza by everyone there, Wiener himself (who last year made some announcements over the loudspeaker system but this year didn’t), and of course - boatloads of pizza.
This time around I decided to take still photos. You can see a slideshow of my faves by rolling over the above photo.
Who in the world knows how big the event will become for next year. But damn straight I’ll be there. I’m sure the line will be long. And that time, I just may pack up one of those boxes they provide with enough slices to bring home and reheat in the toaster oven for lunch the next couple days afterwards. That’s what I saw a bunch of Village locals doing. Pretty smart - especially considering that by the time most attendees get to the actual pizza, it has cooled to room temperature.
Slice Out Hunger takes place every October at St. Anthony's Church, at the corner of Sullivan and Houston Streets. Here's the Slice Out Hunger Website.