Ithaca, N.Y. — Collegetown Bagels held its annual “Hunger Hero” event on Friday, in which Mayor Svante Myrick selects a sandwich to be sold at CTB’s locations with proceeds going to charity.


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Wade Asa Greenberg-brand created the winning sandwich this year, according to CTB.

Wade Asa Greenberg-brand with his winning sandwich

Here are the ingredients of the 2015 Hunger Hero sandwich:

“Broccoli, caramelized onions, crushed red pepper, and cheddar cheese cooked into an egg topped with lemon marmalade on a toasted spicy italian bagel”

Last year’s Hunger Hero event raised $500. Proceeds from sandwich sales — at CTB and Ithaca Bakery — will be donated to the United Way of Tompkins County, according to a news release.

Here are a few photos from the event, posted on CTB’s Facebook page:

The winner with CTB owner Gregor Brous

CTB also posted the following about hunger in the area and the United Way’s “Hunger & Food Security Fund:”

United Way of Tompkins County continues to document an increased demand for food and is working to support local programming that is working to address people’s immediate needs through food pantries and community meals, and also work to create long-term change to remove barriers to accessing fresh, healthy food.

Current statistics note 13% of Tompkins County residents deal with food security issues and over 3,000 of those residents are children.

UWTC distributes Hunger & Food Security grants twice a year; in the Spring and Fall.

With donations to the Hunger & Food Security Fund:

• Families, seniors and adults will have access to an adequate quantity of quality food.

• Children will have access to fresh fruits and vegetables and daily meals. 

• People will learn how to grow their own food.

$50 provides 170 elementary students a healthy snack of fresh fruit and veggies during the school day.

$100 gives access for 12 people to a nutritious meal at a community dinner as well as advocacy and referral services to help improve their lives.

$300 provides one family a subsidized summer CSA share so they have access to fresh, local produce. 

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.