American Red Cross to Help Provide Thanksgiving Meals to Sandy

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As families across America sit down to share a Thanksgiving meal, it’s important to remember that many people in New Jersey and New York are still struggling.

CONCORD, NH, November 21, 2012 — As people in New Jersey and New York continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, the American Red Cross will be handing out thousands of boxes of food before Thanksgiving and also providing about 35,000 hot Thanksgiving meals to people in need.

“As families across America sit down to share a Thanksgiving meal, it’s important to remember that many people in New Jersey and New York are still struggling,” said Maria White, CEO of New Hampshire region. “Red Cross volunteers will be working throughout the holiday weekend to make sure residents aren’t going hungry.”

The Red Cross will deliver about 20,000 boxes of food in New York during Thanksgiving week. These boxes contain enough non-perishable food to feed a family of four for several days; items such as canned sweet potatoes, green beans and corn, and packages of mashed potatoes and rice. Thousands of boxes were packed by Red Cross volunteers. On Thursday, the Red Cross will also be serving Thanksgiving lunches—including turkey, mashed potatoes and apple pie—from fixed feeding sites in New Jersey and New York while Red Cross response vehicles will travel through affected neighborhoods to provide these meals.

Thanks to the generosity of the American public, the Red Cross has been helping people since before Sandy made landfall, and will continue to help for weeks to come as families get back on their feet. This is likely to be the largest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years. Nearly 5,100 Red Cross workers are supporting shelters and providing meals and supplies at fixed sites and driving through neighborhoods. Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall, the Red Cross has—

  • Served 6.6 million meals and snacks
  • Distributed 3.9 million relief items, such as hygiene items, cleaning supplies, flashlights, rakes, shovels, tarps, dust masks, work gloves and cold weather items
  • Provided more than 77,000 overnight shelter stays
  • Made more than 77,000 health services and emotional support contacts
  • Mobilized more than 10,500 trained workers from all 50 states; about 90 percent of these workers are volunteers
  • About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/nh or call us at 1-800-464-6692. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Hampshire at P.O. Box 2528, Concord, NH 03302-2528. Please consider joining us as we empower others to prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies.