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Lunch truck continues to serve storm-battered Rockaways

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After Superstorm Sandy struck New York, the Rockaway Plate Lunch Truck has doled out a whole lot of chicken and rice plates to help residents of the storm-ravaged Rockaways.

Mario Archangel, a volunteer, says they have served about 26,000 plates since they started. He and cook Craig Hazan are the boots on the ground of this operation, but the project is actually the brain child of a group of people. Among them is Beastie Boy Mike D, restaurant designer Robert McKinley, and celebrity chef Sam Talbot.

Initially the Plate Lunch Truck was one of countless organizations that came to the Rockaways to offer help and supplies. But months later, it is one of the only groups that continue to show up. They come three days a week.

The lunch truck runs on donations, and has partnered with the nonprofit Waves for Water.

A number of high-profile New York City restaurants have also been involved by supplying man power when needed.

The Plate Lunch Truck will continue to offer green food to the community until the summer. Then volunteers plan to start a mentoring program to help young people in the area.

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