Update: The Red Cross Continues Huge Feeding Effort in New York

November 3, 2012

The Red Cross is continuing its massive feeding effort in New York to help those impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

A total of 63 Red Cross emergency response vehicles (ERVs) have been delivering meals to neighborhoods in Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, and Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The Red Cross has six fixed feeding sites on Long Island—in Seaford, Lido Beach, Roslyn, Hauppauge, Riverhead and Mastic—serving lunch and dinner.

Last night:

  • 5,000 meals were served at the three sites in Nassau County
  • 5,000 meals at the three in Suffolk County
  • 500 meals were served in Red Cross Suffolk shelter
  • 2,000 meals were serviced in Red Cross Nassau shelters

Four mobile kitchens have been opened—on Staten Island, in Fort Tilden, Queens, in Deer Park, N.Y., and at the Racino in South Ozone Park, N.Y.

We’ve served:

  • 15,000 hot meals and 25,000 catered meals on Staten Island
  • 5,000 hot meals in Deer Park
  • 10,000 hot meals and 37,000 catered meals in Far Rockaway
  • 37,000 catered meals at the Racino

Hundreds more Red Cross disaster responders and response vehicles are on the way to New York from other parts of the country. With these vehicles, we will be better able to deliver meals and clean-up items to affected communities.

Despite this massive hurricane response, each day, our disaster workers are also providing comfort and care to those affected by approximately seven home fires and other emergencies that occur within our region.

As of midnight, Nov. 2, the Greater New York Region had 11 shelters open on Long Island; three in Westchester; one in Greenwich, Conn.; and one each in Orange, Rockland, and Sullivan counties, housing nearly 1,400 residents. The Red Cross provided them with food, safe shelter, health services, and emotional support.

The Red Cross National Response

The American Red Cross continues to increase the size of its already massive relief operation in order to provide aid and comfort to people affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Shelters are open across multiple states, and a massive feeding operation is underway to get hot meals to residents in New Jersey and all five boroughs of New York. As we learn about specific neighborhoods in need, we are immediately putting plans in place to provide people with food, water, relief supplies and comfort.

Volunteers are providing mobile distribution of water, meals and snacks in neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey.

Working in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention, eight kitchens are being set up across New York and New Jersey, capable of serving tens of thousands of meals a day.

The Red Cross has six fixed feeding sites across New Jersey in Atlantic City, Belmar, Long Branch and Monmouth Beach serving meals on Saturday.

Last night, 12,800 people affected by Sandy stayed in nearly 200 shelters.

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