World's Biggest "Human Pizza" Debuts in Rhode Island

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The public is invited to be part of history and help create the world's first and biggest Human Pizza! The event will take place at the 5th annual Hunger Awareness Day on June 9th in Marina Park in South Kingstown

We're working to make a connection between using local ingredients and pizza toppings and tying it all together into the local food movement, improving the local economy and the goal of creating hunger free communities

The public is invited to be part of history and help create the world's first, and therefore the world's biggest, Human Pizza! The event will take place at the 5th annual Hunger Awareness Day in South Kingstown, RI on June 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Marina Park (rain date is June 16).

Hunger Awareness Day is coordinated by the Hunger Task Force, a joint initiative of the of the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale and the URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America. The community is invited to join with neighbors at this event for food and fun to raise awareness of hunger in our community. Pizza and ice cream are being donated by local vendors. Bring along blankets and chairs for an evening of great music and food - all for free!

New to this year's event, attendees are being asked to come dressed in “pizza colors” of red (for sauce), white (for cheese) and brown (for crust) and they'll be arranged for an aerial photo to document the World's Biggest Human Pizza.

The aerial photo of the Human Pizza will taken by Don Bousquet and Son Aerial Photography. Don Bousquet has been capturing Rhode Island foibles in his now famous cartoons in books, magazines and newspapers for decades. Now, he and his son Nate are capturing "bird's eye views" of Southern New England for individuals, businesses and events with a fleet of radio-controlled aircraft of their own design.

Steve Maciel, a member of the Hunger Task Force had this to say about the event: "We'll be building the World's Biggest Human Pizza a slice at a time with a series of events. As we gain momentum, we'll ultimately build an entire pizza and issue a challenge to other organizations to beat our record. Rhode Island has a long heritage with pizza. Grilled pizza was first introduced here and Travel & Leisure magazine recently honored Providence as having the third best Pizza in all of America! We're working to make a connection between using local ingredients and pizza toppings and tying it all together into the local food movement, improving the local economy and the goal of creating hunger free communities. It's a fun, high profile way to bring awareness to the solutions of hunger in our communities."

Over a dozen local pizzerias and ice cream stores will be providing free pizza and ice cream (while it lasts) at the Hunger Awareness Day and live music, provided by members of the "1 of 52" Hunger Network - a national grassroots organization - will entertain the crowd.

Performing at 5:00 pm is Providence-based blues duo Ursula George, led byguitarist/vocalist Lori Urso, a long-time "1 of 52" Hunger Network supporter, and featuring drummer Marty Richards, who is best known as the drummer for the J. Geils Band and the Joe Perry Project. Urso and Richards are touring in support of the new Ursula George CD, "I'm Drivin", released this month on the Tommytiger label.

The Westmoreland Street Jammers will close the show with their signature sound including three lead guitarists and a full compliment of vocalists. These veteran musicians have been rocking South County at community events, private parties and nightclubs since joining forces in 2006.

A food drive kicks off the week preceding the event with a collection by businesses along Main Street in Wakefield organized by Wakefield’s Downtown Merchants Association. Look for posters and boxes in local venues. In addition, on the day of the event, attendees are asked to bring donations of non-perishable food to Marina Park. For more information on the work of the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale, visit http://www.jonnycakecenter.org.

Contact Information:
Steve Maciel
End Hunger Foundation, Inc. / "1 of 52" Hunger Network,
endhunger(at)cox(dot)net
401-368-1325

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