Village Restaurant Raises Money to Combat Child Hunger

By Danielle Tcholakian on August 25, 2014 4:05pm 

 Micheline Gaulin and chef Laurence Edelman, the owners of Left Bank, are working with Fairway Market and Satur Farms to raise money for the No Kid Hungry Campaign.
Micheline Gaulin and chef Laurence Edelman, the owners of Left Bank, are working with Fairway Market and Satur Farms to raise money for the No Kid Hungry Campaign.
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WEST VILLAGE — A national nonprofit that feeds children is getting some help from a restaurant in the West Village.

Left Bank, an eatery at 117 Perry St. that specializes in locally sourced ingredients, is donating half of its food sales on Sept. 8 to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.

"We love to work with really enthusiastic people and I often find that in the not-for-profit world people are really psyched about what they do," said Laurence Edelman, co-owner and chef at Left Bank. "I love that energy."

No Kid Hungry is a national effort but has local initiatives, including a food truck offering free meals to children and teens outside the Flushing branch of the Queens Library this summer. The group has also pushed for free breakfast to be served in New York City's classrooms during the school day, instead of in the cafeteria before school.

"Having breakfast in the morning really helps kids stay focused throughout the day," said Moira Sedgwick, a senior manager with Share Our Strength. "When I think about when I get cranky, I'm usually tired or hungry. It's very basic, no matter what age you are."

Left Bank and Share Our Strength are planning the Sept. 8 fundraiser with co-sponsors Fairway Market and Satur Farms, which will donate ingredients and produce for the night's dishes.

Those who can't make it to the fundraiser can also donate $15 or more to No Kid Hungry while dining at Left Bank from now through Sept. 8 and will receive a coupon for a free glass of wine during their next dinner there.

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