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The Wall Street Journal BROOKLYN—The catering at a party is often an afterthought to the cause, the host, the brand and the entertainment. A little tuna tartare in a crispy cone here, a bruschetta there, maybe a gougère or lemon square to cleanse the palate. Not, however, at one of Pinch Food Design's "Peep Shows." Founded by the chef Bob Spiegel and the set designer TJ Girard, the New York City catering company's work is as much about taste as it is about presentation. read the full article...

The Wall Street Journal

BROOKLYN—The catering at a party is often an afterthought to the cause, the host, the brand and the entertainment. A little tuna tartare in a crispy cone here, a bruschetta there, maybe a gougère or lemon square to cleanse the palate.

Not, however, at one of Pinch Food Design's "Peep Shows." Founded by the chef Bob Spiegel and the set designer TJ Girard, the New York City catering company's work is as much about taste as it is about presentation.

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New York Weddings "...Pinch Food Design created the amazing menu below to include five signature fall items: chestnuts, sage, Porcini Mushrooms, Yukon Gold Potatoes, and rutabagas..."  

New York Weddings

"...Pinch Food Design created the amazing menu below to include five signature fall items: chestnuts, sage, Porcini Mushrooms, Yukon Gold Potatoes, and rutabagas..."

 

InStyle While Super Bowl Sunday is only days away, there’s still time to turn it into a party. Check out the clever, super-chic recipe and presentation ideas from N.Y.C.’s Pinch Food Design. They’ve become the go-to caterer for the city’s creative set, from the Museum of Modern Art to patrons of the High Line. These delicious ideas are all finger foods (plus a cocktail), so you won’t be wrangling silverware while you cheer for your team of choice. read the full article...  

InStyle

While Super Bowl Sunday is only days away, there’s still time to turn it into a party. Check out the clever, super-chic recipe and presentation ideas from N.Y.C.’s Pinch Food Design. They’ve become the go-to caterer for the city’s creative set, from the Museum of Modern Art to patrons of the High Line. These delicious ideas are all finger foods (plus a cocktail), so you won’t be wrangling silverware while you cheer for your team of choice.

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Inside Hook “Don’t play with your food.” At some point, we’ve all heard it. Many of us have graduated to saying it. At your next dinner party, it’s time to ignore it. Introducing Pinch Plated, the just-launched dinner party experience from Pinch Food Design. Plated brings all the inspired oddities of Pinch's large catered parties to smaller groups. We're talking charcuterie clipboards. read the full article...

Inside Hook

“Don’t play with your food.”

At some point, we’ve all heard it. Many of us have graduated to saying it.
At your next dinner party, it’s time to ignore it.

Introducing Pinch Plated, the just-launched dinner party experience from Pinch Food Design. Plated brings all the inspired oddities of Pinch's large catered parties to smaller groups. We're talking charcuterie clipboards.

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Food Republic Anyone who's been lucky enough to attend a party catered by the New York City-based company Pinch Food Design would certainly remember the occasion. Touted as the city's only chef/designer-owned catering enterprise, partners TJ Girard (designer) and Bob Spiegel (chef) have been serving up unique presentations of small plates and hors d'oeuvres for three years. And just in time for the holiday season and the crush of year-end parties, they've put out their first cookbook.  read the full article...

Food Republic

Anyone who's been lucky enough to attend a party catered by the New York City-based company Pinch Food Design would certainly remember the occasion. Touted as the city's only chef/designer-owned catering enterprise, partners TJ Girard (designer) and Bob Spiegel (chef) have been serving up unique presentations of small plates and hors d'oeuvres for three years. And just in time for the holiday season and the crush of year-end parties, they've put out their first cookbook. 

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Country Living Pinch Food Design is a New York catering company known for its inventive hors d'oeuvres ideas and quirky interactive food displays. Recently, Pinch came out with its first book, Inspired Bites: Unexpected Ideas for Entertaining from Pinch Food Design ($35, Abrams), which aims to get party hosts thinking creatively about how they present food at home. While some of the ideas are definitely out there—desserts served on a floating tray held aloft by balloons, flatbreads hanging from S-hooks attached to a DIY copper pipe frame—we love the creativity and the idea that there is no "right" way to serve an hors d'oeuvre. In addition to recipes, the book includes DIY projects in each chapter explaining how to re-create some of Pinch's signature serving and presentation pieces by reusing and adapting simple household items. read the full article...

Country Living

Pinch Food Design is a New York catering company known for its inventive hors d'oeuvres ideas and quirky interactive food displays. Recently, Pinch came out with its first book, Inspired Bites: Unexpected Ideas for Entertaining from Pinch Food Design ($35, Abrams), which aims to get party hosts thinking creatively about how they present food at home.

While some of the ideas are definitely out there—desserts served on a floating tray held aloft by balloons, flatbreads hanging from S-hooks attached to a DIY copper pipe frame—we love the creativity and the idea that there is no "right" way to serve an hors d'oeuvre. In addition to recipes, the book includes DIY projects in each chapter explaining how to re-create some of Pinch's signature serving and presentation pieces by reusing and adapting simple household items.

read the full article...

 
Food & Wine Pinch Food Design is a New York catering company known for its inventive hors d'oeuvres ideas and quirky interactive food displays. Recently, Pinch came out with its first book, Inspired Bites: Unexpected Ideas for Entertaining from Pinch Food Design ($35, Abrams), which aims to get party hosts thinking creatively about how they present food at home. While some of the ideas are definitely out there—desserts served on a floating tray held aloft by balloons, flatbreads hanging from S-hooks attached to a DIY copper pipe frame—we love the creativity and the idea that there is no "right" way to serve an hors d'oeuvre. In addition to recipes, the book includes DIY projects in each chapter explaining how to re-create some of Pinch's signature serving and presentation pieces by reusing and adapting simple household items. read the full article...

Food & Wine

Pinch Food Design is a New York catering company known for its inventive hors d'oeuvres ideas and quirky interactive food displays. Recently, Pinch came out with its first book, Inspired Bites: Unexpected Ideas for Entertaining from Pinch Food Design ($35, Abrams), which aims to get party hosts thinking creatively about how they present food at home.

While some of the ideas are definitely out there—desserts served on a floating tray held aloft by balloons, flatbreads hanging from S-hooks attached to a DIY copper pipe frame—we love the creativity and the idea that there is no "right" way to serve an hors d'oeuvre. In addition to recipes, the book includes DIY projects in each chapter explaining how to re-create some of Pinch's signature serving and presentation pieces by reusing and adapting simple household items.

read the full article...

ABC News Giving the catering world a provocative pinch... watch the full clip...

ABC News

Giving the catering world a provocative pinch...

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The New York Times Serving Platters By Tim McKEOUGH TJ GIRARD believes that most traditional serving vessels could use some spicing up. Parties are “supposed to be fun, exciting and entertaining,” she said. “Why can’t the presentation of food be part of that?” As a designer at the New York catering company Pinch Food Design, which Ms. Girard, 31, owns with the chef Bob Spiegel, she has been busy developing serving options for food that go beyond the ordinary. read the full article...

The New York Times

Serving Platters
By Tim McKEOUGH

TJ GIRARD believes that most traditional serving vessels could use some spicing up. Parties are “supposed to be fun, exciting and entertaining,” she said. “Why can’t the presentation of food be part of that?”

As a designer at the New York catering company Pinch Food Design, which Ms. Girard, 31, owns with the chef Bob Spiegel, she has been busy developing serving options for food that go beyond the ordinary.

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The Wall Street Journal When you're on the social circuit you get used to the same, ordinary kinds of hors d'oeuvres: maybe some shrimp cocktail, a crab cake, a little bruschetta, a fried macaroni-and-cheese square, perhaps some tuna tartare in a form of edible cone. Pinch, a Manhattan catering company that is the brainchild of a chef (Bob Spiegel) and a set designer (TJ Girard), tries to do it all a little differently. They make party food interactive. Two waiters for instance, might carry around a long piece of wood on which focaccia pizza hangs from hooks. Lots of cute tools might be used for a "chef's table," including a squeegee and a plant humidifier. read the full article...

The Wall Street Journal

When you're on the social circuit you get used to the same, ordinary kinds of hors d'oeuvres: maybe some shrimp cocktail, a crab cake, a little bruschetta, a fried macaroni-and-cheese square, perhaps some tuna tartare in a form of edible cone.

Pinch, a Manhattan catering company that is the brainchild of a chef (Bob Spiegel) and a set designer (TJ Girard), tries to do it all a little differently. They make party food interactive. Two waiters for instance, might carry around a long piece of wood on which focaccia pizza hangs from hooks. Lots of cute tools might be used for a "chef's table," including a squeegee and a plant humidifier.

read the full article...

NY1 Delight with every bite.... watch the full clip...

NY1

Delight with every bite....

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Travel + Leisure The reincarnation of the Titanic by Australian tycoon Clive Palmer will include a dramatic grand staircase, marble-lined Turkish baths, and one hopes, more lifeboats. But until the Titanic II is built, a series of culinary events around the world will give the public a preview of the experience to come. New York was the latest stop last week. With the help of New York-based caterers Pinch Food Design, an 11-course menu was created for Palmer's invite-only party to promote his project.  read more...

Travel + Leisure

The reincarnation of the Titanic by Australian tycoon Clive Palmer will include a dramatic grand staircase, marble-lined Turkish baths, and one hopes, more lifeboats. But until the Titanic II is built, a series of culinary events around the world will give the public a preview of the experience to come.

New York was the latest stop last week. With the help of New York-based caterers Pinch Food Design, an 11-course menu was created for Palmer's invite-only party to promote his project. 

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Food Republic Pinch Food Design Plays with Food, Design & Flavors By Laila Gohar Imagine stepping into a party and seeing hors d'oeuvres attached to balloons hanging in mid-air. You might have to jump, or stand on your toes to get a taste of the action, but for set designer TJ Girard and chef Bob Spiegel, founders of Pinch Food Design, that is precisely the point. The New York-based catering company was born out of the desire to add a performance aspect to the food served at parties. In 2011, the duo joined forces, and launched Pinch Food Design with the goal of creating "food furniture" and servingware that allows for an interactive catering experience.  read more...

Food Republic

Pinch Food Design Plays with Food, Design & Flavors
By Laila Gohar

Imagine stepping into a party and seeing hors d'oeuvres attached to balloons hanging in mid-air. You might have to jump, or stand on your toes to get a taste of the action, but for set designer TJ Girard and chef Bob Spiegel, founders of Pinch Food Design, that is precisely the point. The New York-based catering company was born out of the desire to add a performance aspect to the food served at parties. In 2011, the duo joined forces, and launched Pinch Food Design with the goal of creating "food furniture" and servingware that allows for an interactive catering experience. 

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Cool Hunting Taking catering in a new direction is Pinch Food Design, a NYC-based catering company specializing in both presentation and culinary innovation that's guaranteed to surprise and delight. Founded by industry veterans Tj Girard (head designer) and Bob Spiegel (head chef), the two work together seamlessly to make Pinch's creations both pleasing to the pallet and the eye. A short while ago some of the CH team was invited to their Chelsea HQ to see and taste what the creative team has been working on lately. The following are four of our favorite appetizers and an in-depth look at one of Chef Bob's finest works of culinary art. read the full article...

Cool Hunting

Taking catering in a new direction is Pinch Food Design, a NYC-based catering company specializing in both presentation and culinary innovation that's guaranteed to surprise and delight. Founded by industry veterans Tj Girard (head designer) and Bob Spiegel (head chef), the two work together seamlessly to make Pinch's creations both pleasing to the pallet and the eye. A short while ago some of the CH team was invited to their Chelsea HQ to see and taste what the creative team has been working on lately. The following are four of our favorite appetizers and an in-depth look at one of Chef Bob's finest works of culinary art.

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Brides Think of the signature cocktail as yet another opportunity to personalize your party and delight guests. Here, the masterminds at Pinch Food Design—culinary vets who specialize in innovative, delicious food and one-of-a-kind presentation—set the specialty-drink bar much higher than the conventional mojito. read the full article...

Brides

Think of the signature cocktail as yet another opportunity to personalize your party and delight guests. Here, the masterminds at Pinch Food Design—culinary vets who specialize in innovative, delicious food and one-of-a-kind presentation—set the specialty-drink bar much higher than the conventional mojito.

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New York Post Taste for Adventure By Dana Schuster Last Tuesday night at Astor Center, an event space on the Lower East Side, two waiters gingerly navigated a holiday party, holding each end of a copper pole. Dangling from the 6-foot-long cylinder were 50 hooks, each piercing through a slice of pizza. The guests cocked their heads and peered at the contraption. “Can you eat that?” asked one 30-something man, who kept his distance from the mobile display. read more....

New York Post

Taste for Adventure
By Dana Schuster

Last Tuesday night at Astor Center, an event space on the Lower East Side, two waiters gingerly navigated a holiday party, holding each end of a copper pole. Dangling from the 6-foot-long cylinder were 50 hooks, each piercing through a slice of pizza.

The guests cocked their heads and peered at the contraption.

“Can you eat that?” asked one 30-something man, who kept his distance from the mobile display.

read more....

Daily Candy Remember to Eat For black-tie affairs, Pinch Food Design’s Bob Spiegel and TJ Girard churn out miraculously presented small bites (Jamaican parsnip crisps, beet gnocchi and toasted ricotta) almost too beautiful to eat. read the full article...

Daily Candy

Remember to Eat

For black-tie affairs, Pinch Food Design’s Bob Spiegel and TJ Girard churn out miraculously presented small bites (Jamaican parsnip crisps, beet gnocchi and toasted ricotta) almost too beautiful to eat.

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New York Magazine Pinch Food Design is a newly launched catering company co-owned by a chef, Bob Spiegel, and a designer, TJ Girard. Befitting its parentage, the company is a bit of a culinary-design hybrid, with Bob overseeing its array of bite-size “mini-foods” and TJ coming up with innovative ways to display and serve everything. I dropped by their first event last week, a party for a business client in Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. The first thing I saw was this hedge of hors d’oeuvre standing straight up like an edible picket fence. read the full article...

New York Magazine

Pinch Food Design is a newly launched catering company co-owned by a chef, Bob Spiegel, and a designer, TJ Girard. Befitting its parentage, the company is a bit of a culinary-design hybrid, with Bob overseeing its array of bite-size “mini-foods” and TJ coming up with innovative ways to display and serve everything. I dropped by their first event last week, a party for a business client in Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. The first thing I saw was this hedge of hors d’oeuvre standing straight up like an edible picket fence.

read the full article...

 
Brides Unique Wedding Hors D'oeuvres These distinctively delicious hors d'oeuvres and snacks—served on sticks, shaped into balls, or crisped to perfection—will take your wedding's menu to haute new heights. Pie Balls For a dessert that delivers all of the fun in a bite-size package, refashion three classic pie varieties (from left: apple, pumpkin, and pecan) into scrumptious spheres. Source: Pinch Food Design. read the full article...

Brides

Unique Wedding Hors D'oeuvres

These distinctively delicious hors d'oeuvres and snacks—served on sticks, shaped into balls, or crisped to perfection—will take your wedding's menu to haute new heights.

Pie Balls

For a dessert that delivers all of the fun in a bite-size package, refashion three classic pie varieties (from left: apple, pumpkin, and pecan) into scrumptious spheres.

Source: Pinch Food Design.

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Design Milk Pinch Food Design is a new NYC-based food and design company that is launching this month. Pinch’s co-founder (and former set designer) TJ Girard has designed a series of food serving products that are not only functional, but go the extra mile in both design and features. Paying equal attention to food and design, Pinch has re-imagined every aspect of entertaining. read the full article...

Design Milk

Pinch Food Design is a new NYC-based food and design company that is launching this month. Pinch’s co-founder (and former set designer) TJ Girard has designed a series of food serving products that are not only functional, but go the extra mile in both design and features.

Paying equal attention to food and design, Pinch has re-imagined every aspect of entertaining.

read the full article...

NOTCOT On amazing combinations, there’s something awesomely multisensory about the realm of Food Design ~ particularly when it involves not only the food and experience but specially design products to help present them as well! Enter Pinch Food Design from New York - “a bold new brand of catering powered by a state-of-the-art kitchen and design workshop devoted solely to the creation of one-of-a-kind “food furniture.” Led by the groundbreaking chef/designer duo of Bob Spiegel and TJ Girard, the Pinch team is driven by an uncompromising commitment to incite surprise, anticipation and delight with every bite while wowing our clients - and their guests - with imaginative presentation combinations that redefine the art of celebration.” Fun, right? I love the idea of seeing everything from plates and serving ware as “food furniture”! Above is the Apple Cider Donut selection on Spoke tray ~ with each one perfectly presented! Take a peek at more of their creations on the next page… read the full article...

NOTCOT

On amazing combinations, there’s something awesomely multisensory about the realm of Food Design ~ particularly when it involves not only the food and experience but specially design products to help present them as well! Enter Pinch Food Design from New York - “a bold new brand of catering powered by a state-of-the-art kitchen and design workshop devoted solely to the creation of one-of-a-kind “food furniture.” Led by the groundbreaking chef/designer duo of Bob Spiegel and TJ Girard, the Pinch team is driven by an uncompromising commitment to incite surprise, anticipation and delight with every bite while wowing our clients - and their guests - with imaginative presentation combinations that redefine the art of celebration.” Fun, right? I love the idea of seeing everything from plates and serving ware as “food furniture”! Above is the Apple Cider Donut selection on Spoke tray ~ with each one perfectly presented! Take a peek at more of their creations on the next page…

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Brides Newly launched catering company Pinch Food Design is shaking up the New York event scene, not just with their delicious bite-size foods but also with their innovative and interactive food displays and serving trays. Co-owned by chef Bob Spiegel and designer TJ Girard, the company aims to meld the culinary and design worlds with never-before-seen presentations and custom-made "food furniture." I recently got a chance to check out the goods firsthand at Pinch's launch party, held at Skylight West, where, instead of a typical crudité buffet, I was greeted with the company's signature hors d'oeuvres "hedge" (top left) featuring veggies standing on skewers with dips displayed on shelves below. There was also antipasti arranged on waist-level Lazy Susans (with built-in compartments for napkins, utensils, and plates) and two chef's tables offering interactive demonstrations. Even the bars had hidden compartments filled with snacks like Brussels sprout and hummus chips. read the full article...

Brides

Newly launched catering company Pinch Food Design is shaking up the New York event scene, not just with their delicious bite-size foods but also with their innovative and interactive food displays and serving trays. Co-owned by chef Bob Spiegel and designer TJ Girard, the company aims to meld the culinary and design worlds with never-before-seen presentations and custom-made "food furniture."

I recently got a chance to check out the goods firsthand at Pinch's launch party, held at Skylight West, where, instead of a typical crudité buffet, I was greeted with the company's signature hors d'oeuvres "hedge" (top left) featuring veggies standing on skewers with dips displayed on shelves below. There was also antipasti arranged on waist-level Lazy Susans (with built-in compartments for napkins, utensils, and plates) and two chef's tables offering interactive demonstrations. Even the bars had hidden compartments filled with snacks like Brussels sprout and hummus chips.

read the full article...

 
 

our fans

Joseph Fortunato Extra Virgin "Bobby rocks! He taught me all I know about catering, how it is a business, as well as a passion."

Joseph Fortunato
Extra Virgin

"Bobby rocks! He taught me all I know about catering, how it is a business, as well as a passion."

Kevin Garcia Cesca | Accademia di Vino "Bob's passion, creativity and inspiration will last me for the rest of my culinary career. Working with him was a high point in my educational process. He is a genuine genius..."

Kevin Garcia
Cesca | Accademia di Vino

"Bob's passion, creativity and inspiration will last me for the rest of my culinary career. Working with him was a high point in my educational process. He is a genuine genius..."

Mark Ladner Del Posto | Lupa | Otto "Bob is simply the BEST caterer I know!"

Mark Ladner
Del Posto | Lupa | Otto

"Bob is simply the BEST caterer I know!"

 
Steve Aspirinio Top Chef All-Star | Entrepreneur "Bob Spiegel has redefined the New York City catering scene. Truly inspiring."

Steve Aspirinio
Top Chef All-Star | Entrepreneur

"Bob Spiegel has redefined the New York City catering scene. Truly inspiring."

David Burke Chef | Restaurateur | Inventor "Bob has the gift of taste, presentation, fun and sophistication all wrapped up into one, get pinched."

David Burke
Chef | Restaurateur | Inventor

"Bob has the gift of taste, presentation, fun and sophistication all wrapped up into one, get pinched."

Casey Thompson Top Chef All Star "If there is any place for avant-garde, it is in catering and Bob is making waves!"

Casey Thompson
Top Chef All Star

"If there is any place for avant-garde, it is in catering and Bob is making waves!"

 
Dana Schuster The New York Post "Catering compay Pinch Food Design is the force behind... many buzzed-about culinary theatrics in New York. Since it's launch in June, Pinch is already spicing u an other stale hors d'oeuvres industry..."

Dana Schuster
The New York Post

"Catering compay Pinch Food Design is the force behind... many buzzed-about culinary theatrics in New York. Since it's launch in June, Pinch is already spicing u an other stale hors d'oeuvres industry..."

Kristen Donnelly Food & Wine Magazine "Using her background in theater-set design, TJ Girard comes up with dramatic ways to present chef Bob Spiegel's delicious riffs on comfort food."

Kristen Donnelly
Food & Wine Magazine

"Using her background in theater-set design, TJ Girard comes up with dramatic ways to present chef Bob Spiegel's delicious riffs on comfort food."

 

 

community

Green Pinch Food Design, our commitment to being green extends well beyond the events we host. We recycle bottles, contribute organic waste from our kitchen to composting efforts throughout the city and donate oil to Tri-State Biodiesel, an invaluable enterprise that provides clean, renewable fuel made from recycled cooking oil to the entire tri-state region.

Green

Pinch Food Design, our commitment to being green extends well beyond the events we host. We recycle bottles, contribute organic waste from our kitchen to composting efforts throughout the city and donate oil to Tri-State Biodiesel, an invaluable enterprise that provides clean, renewable fuel made from recycled cooking oil to the entire tri-state region.

Apprenticeship Pinch Food Design is committed to giving back to the community; that’s why we created a trade school that takes local high school and college-bound kids and teaches them how to cook. It’s an exciting opportunity for these young adults to learn a skill beyond their everyday academic schedule and offers them a chance at real work through job placement – including the opportunity to, one day, be a freelance party chef for Pinch.

Apprenticeship

Pinch Food Design is committed to giving back to the community; that’s why we created a trade school that takes local high school and college-bound kids and teaches them how to cook. It’s an exciting opportunity for these young adults to learn a skill beyond their everyday academic schedule and offers them a chance at real work through job placement – including the opportunity to, one day, be a freelance party chef for Pinch.

The Bowery Mission Pinch Food Design is taking an active role in the fight against hunger by donating excess food to The Bowery Mission, serving homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879. This year, through help from donors and volunteers, The Bowery Mission has provided more than 369,200 meals, 30,500 bags of groceries, 79,300 nights of shelter and 53,200 articles of clothing, as well as showers, haircuts, 511 professional doctor’s appointments and 92 eye examinations at their in-house clinic. At Pinch, we package salvageable foods from our events to do our part. 

The Bowery Mission

Pinch Food Design is taking an active role in the fight against hunger by donating excess food to The Bowery Mission, serving homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879. This year, through help from donors and volunteers, The Bowery Mission has provided more than 369,200 meals, 30,500 bags of groceries, 79,300 nights of shelter and 53,200 articles of clothing, as well as showers, haircuts, 511 professional doctor’s appointments and 92 eye examinations at their in-house clinic. At Pinch, we package salvageable foods from our events to do our part.