Last night's protests brought large crowds all over the city, including Union Square, where demonstrators were met with more than just a heavy NYPD presence. Food trucks typically parked along 14th Street near Trader Joe's were giving away free food to protestors, a gesture reportedly financed by recording artist John Legend, his model and food blogger wife Chrissy Teigen and Help or Hush, a social media activism organization.
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Nuchas Empanadas, Kimchi Taco Truck and Milk Truck were all on hand handing out gratis grub to participants in the protests yesterday evening. We've reached out to the truck's owners to see how it went and we'll update if we hear back. Neither Legend nor Teigen has explicitly said they were involved in last night's give away, but the singer has released a track from the upcoming film Selma—about the 1965 voting rights marches—that contains a reference to the events in Ferguson.
Update: Tina Chiu-Maes, Director of Special Projects for the Kimchi Taco Truck, replied with the following thoughts on yesterday's events. "This was a gift from Chrissy Teigen and John Legend to the activists, who hold a Sunday dinner. We thought it was a generous, thoughtful and classy gesture. In light of the recent crushing events, it was a way for people to have their voices heard and share a meal. We were thrilled to be a part of it."