NEW: RI to Create First (and Largest) Human Pizza in the World

Friday, June 03, 2011


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No state is better equipped to form the world's largest HUMAN pizza than Rhode Island, and we're all going to get our chance on Thursday, June 9th.

The public is invited to be part of history and help create the world's first, and therefore the world's biggest, Human Pizza. This epic bit of culinary anthropomorphism will take place at the 5th annual Hunger Awareness Day in South Kingstown, RI on June 9th from 5-7pm 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 the 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!

Making a human pizza

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.

"We'll be building the World's Biggest Human Pizza a slice at a time with a series of events," said Steve Maciel, a member of the Hunger Task Force. "As we gain momentum, we'll ultimately build an entire pizza and issue a challenge to other organizations to beat our record."

Rhode Island's pizza heritage

Grilled pizza was first introduced here and Travel + Leisure magazine recently honored Providence as being the #3 city in America for pizza. "We're working to make a connection between using local ingredients and pizza toppings and tying it all together into the local food movement," Maciel said, "improving the local economy with 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 providing (non-human) free pizza and ice cream (while it lasts). Live music, provided by members of the "1 of 52" Hunger Network - a national grassroots organization - will provide (human) entertainment.

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. 


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