Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Pierogy Prize Feeds Bellies, Hearts

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One New York town is using its tasty title to feed those truly in need.

In a contest sponsored by Mrs. T’s Pierogies, the city of Binghamton, New York, is being crowned today (Nov. 7), as the Capital of the Pierogy Pocket, and for St. Michael’s Greek Church, the potato-filled pasta prize has a belly full of benefits.

The church – which entered the contest on the city’s behalf – is donating the $10,000 prize, as well as 14,000 dozen parish-made pierogies, to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW), which distributes two million pounds of food yearly to district pantries.

Father Joe Dutko says, “We’ve been making them during Lent for 43 years. It’s a nice way to get people together and take pride in all the people that make up the community, and it helps people that need it the most.”

And while the pierogy has its delicious roots in Eastern Europe, Father Joe says it’s a treat anyone’s ancestors can appreciate.

He says, “You don’t have to be Slavic to love pierogies, just like you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.”

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