The original Soup Man, portrayed as the cranky â€˜Soup Naziâ€™ in a fondly-remembered episode of Seinfeld, has once again shown his softer side. At a press conference in New York last week, the Soup Man himself, Al Yeganeh, announced a joint venture to fight hunger, teaming up with the New York Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) and the World Hunger Year (WHY).
As reported by Jonathan Weeks in the Epoch Times, the press conference was staged to call attention to the need for increased government assistance as economic conditions worsened in New York City and the surrounding area, and to highlight the need for donations in the battle against hunger.
This kind of activity is actually not at all out of character for Yeganeh. Some 800 gallons of his soup, which sells for premium prices at franchise Soup Man locations, are being donated to the city’s hungry. That amount will feed 20,000 people.
The Soup Man was portrayed on Seinfeld as a bellicose fellow who would banish a customer who was unprepared to order with a loud command of â€˜No soup for you!â€™ What was not shown was Yeganeh’s compassion for the homeless, who are routinely allowed to go to the front of the soup line and are served immediately.
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