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Abby Kaish, a volunteer with the organization Rock

Abby Kaish, a volunteer with the organization Rock and Wrap It Up!, packs boxes and trays of donated, leftover food from the concession stands at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale after a NY Islanders game. He and volunteer Rhonda Pauels will then deliver the food to shelters and food banks. (Feb. 11, 2013) Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Anti-poverty group works with concert and sports venues to feed the hungry.

Abby Kaish, a volunteer with the organization Rock
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Abby Kaish, a volunteer with the organization Rock and Wrap It Up!, packs boxes and trays of donated, leftover food from the concession stands at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale after a NY Islanders game. He and volunteer Rhonda Pauels will then deliver the food to shelters and food banks. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Darryll Smith, 53, of Roosevelt has been a
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Darryll Smith, 53, of Roosevelt has been a volunteer for Rock and Wrap it Up! for more than five years. He acts as the liaison between venues, such as the Nassau Coliseum and soup kitchens or homes, like this one in Hempstead where he brings food, like these pretzels, which are left over after an Islanders game, to those who may be hungry. He enlists the help of son Anthony Smith, inside, and friend Andy Rodriguez, center.

Syd Mandelbaum, the founder of Rock and Wrap
Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Syd Mandelbaum, the founder of Rock and Wrap it Up! at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. Rock and Wrap It Up! is a nonprofit organization that collects unused food from stadiums, concert and sports venues and delivers it to area shelters and soup kitchens. (Feb. 5, 2013)

Trey Anastasio of the rock group Phish shakes
Photo Credit: Handout

Trey Anastasio of the rock group Phish shakes hands with volunteers working with the organization Rock and Wrap It Up! after a concert at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh. The volunteers collect unsold food from concession stands at concerts and games and deliver it to soup kitchens and women's shelters. In the background, center, is founder Syd Mandelbaum. (July 7, 2006)

Evan Karoutsos, Islander's director of concessions, packs leftover
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Evan Karoutsos, Islander's director of concessions, packs leftover food for the volunteers of Rock and Wrap It Up! who will deliver the food to shelters and food banks. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Volunteers for the organization Rock and Wrap It
Photo Credit: Handout

Volunteers for the organization Rock and Wrap It Up! work at an information booth at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh to tell concert-goers more about the organization. Rock and Wrap It Up! volunteers take unsold food from concession stands at games, concerts and movie sets and deliver it to soup kitchens and women's shelters. (Aug. 13, 2004)

Volunteer Rhonda Pavels with
Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Volunteer Rhonda Pavels with "Rock and Wrap it Up" collects unused food from the concessions at the Nassau Colliseum. Rock and Wrap it up is a charity organization that collects unused food from stadiums, concert and sports venues and delivers it to area shelters and soup kitchens. February 5, 2013

Volunteer Bethany Thomas holds the Rock and Wrap
Photo Credit: Handout

Volunteer Bethany Thomas holds the Rock and Wrap It Up! Humanitarian Award that founder Syd Mandelbaum presented to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in 2012. The organization annually gives an award for the efforts of its partners, in this case, the Yankees, who have donated food for years after every event at the stadium. (April 2012)

Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead and Syd
Photo Credit: Handout

Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead and Syd Mandelbaum, founder of Rock and Wrap It Up! backstage at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale in 1990 in the early years of the nonprofit that gathers unsold food at concerts and delivers it to the area's local soup kitchens. (July 1990)

Darryll Smith, 53, of Roosevelt has been a
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Darryll Smith, 53, of Roosevelt has been a volunteer for Rock and Wrap it Up! for more than five years. He acts as the liaison between venues, such as the Nassau Coliseum and soup kitchens or homes, like this one in Hempstead where he brings food, like these pretzels, which are left over after an Islanders game, to those who may be hungry. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Rhonda Pavels and Abby Kaish of the volunteer
Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Rhonda Pavels and Abby Kaish of the volunteer organization Rock and Wrap it Up! stack trays of unsold food from the concession stands at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale after an Islanders game. They will take the food to a women's shelter. (Feb. 5, 2013)

Evan Karoutsos, Islanders director of concessions, wheels a
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Evan Karoutsos, Islanders director of concessions, wheels a cart of unsold food to the parking lot where volunteers of Rock and Wrap It Up! will load it into their waiting cars and deliver the food to shelters and food banks. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Evan Karoutsos, Islander's director of concessions, loads a
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Evan Karoutsos, Islander's director of concessions, loads a cart of unsold food from the concession stands for the volunteers of Rock and Wrap It Up! who will deliver the food to shelters and food banks. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Abby Kaish and Rhonda Pavels, volunteers with the
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Abby Kaish and Rhonda Pavels, volunteers with the organization Rock and Wrap It Up!, load into their cars with trays of donated, leftover food from the concession stands at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale after an Islanders game. They will deliver the food to shelters and food banks. (Feb. 11, 2013)

From left, Darryl Smith of I'm My Brother's
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

From left, Darryl Smith of I'm My Brother's Keeper soup kitchen, takes food from Rhonda Pavels and Abby Kaish, volunteers with the organization Rock and Wrap It Up! The food has been donated by the concession stands at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale after an Islanders game for soup kitchens and women's shelters. (Feb. 11, 2013)

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