As Sandy survivors across New Jersey continue to recover more than a year after the storm devastated the area, the American Red Cross, in partnership with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, will be providing Thanksgiving turkeys for at least 1,500 people in affected areas.
“By working with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, we can bring Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of familes in need,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “Last year at this time Red Cross volunteers worked throughout the holiday weekend to make sure residents didn’t go hungry. A year later, the Red Cross continues to support Sandy survivors throughout New Jersey.”
The Red Cross is providing the Community FoodBank of New Jersey $5,000 for holiday meals in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. The funds will be shared by Community FoodBank of New Jersey Southern Branch in Egg Harbor Township, the Middlesex Long Term Recovery Group, the Salvation Army in Perth Amboy and the Center for Food Action in Englewood.
“The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is grateful to our friends at the American Red Cross for the generous donation that will help struggling families enjoy a holiday meal,” said Cathy McCann, Chief Operating Officer, Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “While much progress has been made since last Thanksgiving in the wake of Sandy’s devastation, we know many people are still facing daily hardships, and this gift will ease a burden at this special time of year.”
The Red Cross also provided the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties with $5,000 for holiday meals in the Sandy impacted communities of Brick, Manahawkin, Toms River, Keansburg, Highlands and Union Beach. In total, the Red Cross will be funding $10,000 to help provide more than 2,700 Thanksgiving meals for Sandy survivors across the state of New Jersey.
Thanks to the generosity of the American public, the Red Cross has been helping people since before Sandy made landfall and, in the first year, has spent or made commitments to spend more than 90 percent of the money donated to Sandy. However, the needs from Sandy are still great and the Red Cross will continue to be there for New Jersey families as they rebuild and recover.
More information on the Red Cross Sandy relief and recovery efforts can be found at www.redcross.org/sandy-response.
About the Community FoodBank of New Jersey:
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, with headquarters in Hillside and a Southern Branch in Egg Harbor Township, distributes more than 40 million pounds of food a year to more than 1,000 partner agencies including soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency shelters, and feeding programs for children and seniors. CFBNJ helps feed more than 900,000 people across New Jersey. Our mission is to fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions. We will engage, educate, and empower all sectors of society in the battle. For more information, please visit http://www.cfbnj.org.