Food Bloggers Support For Sandy – #FBS4Sandy

Friday is normally my day to post a cocktail and I’ve not missed a week in more than a year but this Friday is different. While I sit warm in a heated home with food in a fridge that is working and the ability to connect with others, work and just go about the everyday existence that we are so fortunate to take for granted, millions of people are not so lucky. The devastation of hurricane Sandy has been shocking and in this age of blogging and Twitter and Facebook, I know so many people who have been affected; people I only wish I could reach out to with a helping hand. My only recipe today is one for a plan of action; one I hope you will join with me in making.

Photo: Charles Sykes/AP

My dear friend Jenn from Jenn Cuisine

is from Connecticut but currently lives in Switzerland with her husband and baby girl. Her parents were the lucky ones; yes, there was a lost tree that hit some power lines but they were actually affected less than last year’s visit from Irene. Jenn and I were talking today about how we both felt helpless from such a distance and wanted to do something to lend comfort. While so many are dealing with loss and sacrifice, it came to us that we are immersed in the world of people who are constant caregivers; the people who cook for and feed their families.

Photo: Glenn Rogers

What better group of people to join together, united, to help those in need.
(h2>How Can I Help?

We invite you to join us next Thursday, November 8th when we show our support for the victims of Sandy. We’re asking that you post a comfort dish on your blog and share this need with your readers. Make something that you would take to a neighbor in crisis or a friend in need; you know, those dishes that are warm and homey and just make a person feel good all over.

Photo by Bebeto Matthews/AP

Along with that virtual effort, how about a real one too? We’re encouraging everyone to make a donation to those in need. We’ve included the code for a badge you can include in your post and it links to the American Red Cross; an organization known for acting quickly and efficiently in times of need and what they need most now are your dollars. Some of these photos are truly heartbreaking…how can we not help?

Don’t have a blog??

No worries …but 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:

  • American Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and other forms of support to hurricane victims. You can donate directly to the Red Cross or  you can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • The Salvation Army is also focused on providing food, shelter, and support to victims, and takes donations for storm relief.
  • Feeding America is providing food, water and supplies to those who need it as part of their disaster relief program.

We’ll be tweeting using the hashtag #FBS4Sandy; be sure to ask your friends to join us. I hope this effort manages, in some small way, to wrap the arms of the food blogging community around those who are in such need; we have a lot to give!

I wish I had a cocktail to toast the heroes that have shown up on every corner; the images of those willing to help bring more tears to my eyes but for different reasons. Not just firefighters and policemen but ordinary people who have risen to do extraordinary things. You are amazing.

Jenn and I will both include a link tool at the end of our posts for you to link up your #FBS4Sandy posts; if you can’t make it next Thursday; we would love for you to join us anytime during the month of November…if you can’t wait, go ahead and link up below!


    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks go to you and everyone who participated Rebecca…it really was almost 100 bloggers who made all the difference.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks for joining us Katherine; I can’t wait to see all of them either…time got away from me but I’ll be checking out everyone’s post this weekend. Love that I have this huge list to work from when I’m in the mood for some comfort foods!

  1. says

    So very happy to be a part of this effort in helping our friends in the northeast recover from superstorm sandy. I have posted my grandmothers and moms recipe for our family Italian Spaghetti Sauce..Thank you for starting this.

    • Creative Culinary says

      I think we all feel the same Victoria; many of us are too far to provide any hands on help but this effort has been good for bloggers and hoping good for the folks dealing with Sandy.

  2. says

    This is a great event to bring awareness to such a much needed cause! Glad to be a part of it and bringing my Southern Squash Casserole! Thanks for putting this together with Jenn!

  3. says


    Thanks so much to you and Jenn for thinking up and hosting today’s event to help the victims devastated by hurricane Sandy. Luckily we were not hit as bad in the DC area as expected and my family in NJ and NY are for the most part okay, but my thoughts and prayers go out to those less fortunate. I have posted a comfort dish on my blog and the FBS4S link to American Red Cross to help encourage others to show their support. Thank you again for your caring efforts.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks go to you Stephanie and the folks participating; the gesture was the easy part and it’s already touched hearts. I hope seeing the wealth of people who care and ask for support will in some way help those who are suffering so badly.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thank you for joining us Jerry; I know for a fact that these efforts are already touching the hearts of people who wonder if they are forgotten. They are not…and I honestly believe we can help.

  4. says

    It’s so kind of you to help us here in the area out. I’ve been baking nonstop, volunteering and I have had friends and relatives staying the last week who are without power. The shore was completely demolished. Hopefully by next summer it will be rebuilt, but who knows, really.

    Thanks for your help and support. Great work!
    Kate Most Recent Post: Weathering the Storm with Sourdough

    • Creative Culinary says

      We seriously wish we could do more Kate, but our hearts truly are with you and hoping this effort and many others will help the folks in the area to know you are constantly being thought of.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks Katrina and post whenever you want; we’re hoping lots of bloggers reach lots of people and in some way our efforts can make a difference.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks Jen; I’m sure agencies are simply overwhelmed with the need and I’m also sure every little bit helps.

  5. Cindy says

    Although its a nice gesture I am perplexed why you feel its necessary that everybody link back to your sites. The only links you needed are the ones you have posted which are listed all over the web. I don’t see a purpose for linking back to your site other than a quest to drive traffic.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Cindy we have purposely NOT requested links back to our site and your suggestion is way off the mark of why Jenn and I decided to do this. The code we included was for the convenience of some bloggers to make it easier to include the badge which links directly to the American Red Cross.

      • Cindy says

        But of course you know both your sites are going to be linked as the driving forces behind this by all who participate.

        • Creative Culinary says

          Cindy, if you want to believe that we did this out of a desire for self promotion, noting I say will change that view. All I can know is that Jenn and I did not do this for any reason but to bring together the food blogging community in a show of support for our family, friends and fellow countrymen. Will people link to us? Maybe. Did we make it a requirement or do we care about getting those links. No.

      • says

        I linked back to this site because it was just easier than adding a badge for the red cross and other volunteer organizations that are working. I just want to say that Barb never ever asked that we link it back here. I did that on my blog simply because it was easier for me and she had included the links here. My internet was on an off (mostly off) for days after Sandy hit. I for one an so grateful that we who were in the path of the storm are being remembered. Thank you again.
        Suzanne Most Recent Post: No Words Necessary

  6. says

    what an awesome idea. I just posted the Support for Sandy button on my blog and will definitely participate on Thursday. My heart goes out to those who are suffering and who’ve lost so much. Thanks for bringing us together for a great cause.
    Gloria Kersh Most Recent Post: Breakfast Scramble

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thank you Gloria…the response has been terrific and both friends and strangers alike have been touched to see how you and everyone else has jumped at the chance to participate. See you Thursday!

  7. Maris says

    I might have to come out from blog hibernation for this! Great idea, Barb, and such a thoughtfully well-written post!

  8. says

    This recipe *for a plan of action* is probably the best recipe you have ever posted! What a wonderful idea you and Jenn came up with! I will be posting a comfort food on November 8th. Thank you both for this opportunity for us to show support to those so much in need of it.
    Paula Most Recent Post: Halloween Hooters

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks for joining us Paula; before the first recipe has been made I’ve heard from people who have been so touched at the response…they do need to know we care and doggone it if we can all get all of our readers to donate just a few dollars each, it does make a difference and they need it. I hear conditions are just horrible; it’s unimaginable for most of us to think of not being able to find food or gasoline. The ones who are only without power consider themselves ‘lucky’ because of how much worse others situations are. You are a dear…thank you so much.

  9. says

    This is a wonderful way to show support for those in need. Many friends from the garden world have been affected by this horrible storm. I look forward to adding this badge to my webpage to share with my garden friends.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks so much for participating…I tried to add your link but it went to a dead page. If it’s live, you can add it now to the link tool on the page…or do the same if it’s not going live until Thursday…thanks again.

  10. says

    This is an AMAZING idea! I’m from lower Manhattan and we just got our power back on last night, and hot water this morning. We’re still without heat but I’m not complaining, especially when I think about what’s going on in the rest of my city. This has been a tragedy on so many levels. With the power on, I went to the market this morning and picked up some supplies for a slow cooker recipe that I had brewing in my mind. I’ll definitely be back with this recipe to share on your site and I thank you for this wonderful effort. We’re picking ourselves up and seeing the support of others across the country has been extraordinary. Thanks again and I’ll be back soon! :-)
    Maribel Most Recent Post: Saturday Upside: Big Lights, My City

    • Creative Culinary says

      Maribel, thank you for sharing and for being so resilient; the destruction is heart breaking…thanks for participating but know that people are concerned and thinking about all of you.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thank you Carrie; appreciate your support in getting the word out so we can send a strong message of caring.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Would love to have you participate but even more wish I could bring a real dish to your door; glad you have family close by Amy, my heart especially breaks for those people without a place to live. Take care…Barb

  11. says

    I received word of this from a fellow food-blogger.I’d love to join in! I have been fairly neglectful of my blog,(removing wallpaper and painting before company arrives), but I can’t turn my back on this.
    Thanks for thinking of it and coordinating;it is a wonderful thought!

  12. says

    We’ve been giving to the Red Cross this week too – what a wonderful idea to have this badge on your blog to make it even easier to make a donation. It’s heartbreaking what people are going through back east, and winter is on the way. Count on me for a comfort meal too – I just wish I could send it to someone in need. Thanks for doing this Barb!! I’ve added the badge to my blog too, and scheduled a post to go out tomorrow morning letting them know about your wonderful idea to post comfort food next Thursday.
    The Wimpy Vegetarian Most Recent Post: Pumpkin Ricotta Pancakes

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks Carrie but I can’t stress enough how simple this was to do…it’s the efforts of the food bloggers all across the country who will bring it to fruition and send a much bigger message. I only wish I could do more. Take care.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thank you Elizabeth; really an easy gesture on the part of each of us that we hope will send a strong message about how much people across this entire country care.

  13. says

    I found this cause through A Pug In The Kitchen and will definitely post up comfort food next November complete with link to you, different charities and more – we need to make full use of our community and support each other :)
    You are inspiring!

    Choc Chip Uru
    Choc Chip Uru Most Recent Post: HALLOWEEN!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Love to have you onboard. I think as a group we can send a great message of caring and maybe, just maybe add some to the much needed coffers to help with the recovery. Thoughts do counts…so do our actions I hope!

    • Creative Culinary says

      It seems like such a small thing…but I’m hoping combined together we will send a strong message that we are ALL thinking about those folks who have lost so much. Thanks for joining Holly.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks Hima…so glad to have you join us. I’m hoping that collectively we can really have a great day of support from this community of givers.

  14. says

    I’m behind this 100%, and already had something similar planned. As someone who went through 6 hurricanes in 7 years (or was it more..who knows anymore), I know exactly how they all feel. I’ve been fortunate to not lose many friends, families or possessions. However, the disruption to life, the fear of uncertainty and the fear of harm is overwhelming. I already donated for the cause, but will make sure I put something up for support of this effort. I can’t promise it’ll be on Thursday .. I’m somewhat impatient :) It may be sooner!
    Matt mmWine Horbund Most Recent Post: Lambrusco .. Seriously

    • Creative Culinary says

      You can do it; I just know you can. Or at least be with us in spirit…keep hoping you’ll feel better but sounds like only a birth will do that. I know it hardly helps but my 2nd one was like that. Nauseous for the entire time. Upshot was I didn’t gain much weight. :)

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks Renee; I hope a bunch get onboard and we have a day of sending a powerful message of caring to those so far away.

  15. says

    When I see what the hurricane did to the Jersey Shore of my youth, my heart breaks. When I see the footage of those that have lost everything in NY, NJ and everywhere, I can’t help but get teary. Thankfully, we only lost power and some trees went down in my section of Philly but it could have been MUCH worse. Having lived in Florida for years, this definitely wasn’t a typical Cat. 1 hurricane IMO and, like many, I got lulled into a false sense of security but that will never happen again.

    You know I’ll definitely help Barb!!!!
    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos Most Recent Post: Ending The #SeriousSandwich Blogalong With Emeril’s Monte Cristo

    • Creative Culinary says

      It is hard to imagine for most of us but most of us also want to do something, anything to help. Glad you’ll join us Aly…thanks!

  16. says

    Thank you for this, I live in Brooklyn and am thankful my neighborhood was spared the unthinkable devastation that others faced and are living in right now, I will post this on my blog today with a link to your blog, I just got internet service back yesterday evening hopefully for good now. So much is needed, there is a shelter set up in the armory in Park Slope taking in people from all boroughs. The Red Cross, Salvation Army and Feeding America are just 3 of the organizations helping out in this disaster and need help in the way of donations. I sit in my home which never lost power and watch on the news what has happened in Staten Island, tremendous loss of life and property, New Jersey which was decimated, Queens which suffered unfathomable loss in one neighborhood, Breezy Point over 80 homes burned to the ground and in Manhattan, which was flooded and still has no power below 34th Street. I am thankful that we were spared here but there really is no sense of happiness because I see what my fellow New Yorkers, New Jersey residents, Connecticut residents are going through and my heart breaks for them.
    Suzanne Most Recent Post: Pie Party NYC

    • Creative Culinary says

      Your thoughts mirror what Jenn and I were feeling and part of that feeling was helplessness. By ourselves we couldn’t do much; we’re hoping a united effort to show we care coupled with providing donation information brings something both intangible and tangible to the efforts going on to help those in need. So good to hear you are OK.

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