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 today 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 and another 5,000 meals at the three in Suffolk County. Five hundred meals were served in Red Cross Suffolk shelters and 2,000 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, and 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. Visit http://newsroom.redcross.org for the most current information.
•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.
To find a Red Cross shelter, please download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets.
To donate visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.