Super Bowl Causes Soup Kitchen Wing Shortage

Masbia Soup Kitchen has relied on a consistent list of affordable products to feed the many New Yorkers who are facing food insecurity during the pandemic. But the charity network found itself taking on an unexpected challenge over the past week as one of its most important items was flying off the shelves because of the Super Bowl: chicken wings.

Alex Rapaport, director of Masbia, a kosher soup kitchen, said at first he didn’t know why there was trouble buying the kitchen’s usual order of wings from suppliers, but then realized it’s because of the big game.

“Throughout the pandemic we’ve relied on chicken wings to stretch our charity dollars and buy a lot of protein, but the last couple of weeks I was wondering ‘why is this such a problem?’ Then it hit me, oh it’s the Super Bowl, when everyone likes to munch on chicken wings, which is causing this shortage,” he said.

In past years, the Super Bowl never caused a supply issue for the local charity, but Rapaport, said that part of the issue is because there’s been a 500{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} increase in demand since the pandemic hit the city last March.

“We use chicken wings as

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Gardening: Plant Super Sugar Snap peas in January | Columnists

Garden peas, also called green peas or English peas to distinguish them from Southern peas, are my favorite spring vegetable crop. Peas must be planted early to get the best yield and quality.


The two basic types of garden peas are shelling peas with inedible pods and edible-podded peas, also called snap peas or sugar peas.

Snow peas are one type of edible-podded pea. Snow peas are harvested before the seeds develop, while snap peas are harvested after the seeds expand.

I prefer snap peas. The pods increase the volume of the edible portion of the crop, and they don’t require shelling.


Vigorous Super Sugar Snap peas produce long, sweet, crisp pods. Plant in January to harvest in April. Anthony Keinath/Provided

The only variety I plant is Super Sugar Snap. It had the best germination in a test I did years ago. This heat-tolerant variety produces pods on side shoots until June. The peas and pods are sweet and juicy.

Leftover seeds should be stored in the refrigerator to plant the following year.


In the Lowcountry and Midlands, peas must be seeded between Jan. 15 and Jan. 30. In the Upstate, plant in the first half of February.

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