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American Red Cross Provides Thanksgiving to 1,200 Sandy Survivors

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“By working with the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, we can bring Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of familes in need,” said Nancy Orlando, regional CEO, American Red Cross South Jersey Region

Red Cross assisting in hardest hit Ocean and Monmouth counties

Tinton Falls NJ, November 21, 2013 – As Sandy survivors across Monmouth and Ocean County continue to recover, more than a year after the storm devastated the area, the American Red Cross, in partnership with the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, will be providing a full Thanksgiving meal for at least 1,200 people in affected areas.

“By working with the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, we can bring Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of familes in need,” said Nancy Orlando, regional CEO, American Red Cross South 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 FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties $5,000 for holiday meals in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. The funds will be shared by Visitation Relief Center in Brick, King of Kings Food Pantry in Manahawkin, People’s Pantry in Toms River, Occupy Sandy in Keansburg, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Highlands and Faith Chapel in Union Beach.

“It’s been over a year since Hurricane Sandy devastated our area, and many residents still face hardships as they try to rebuild their lives,” said Carlos M. Rodriguez, executive director of the FoodBank. “Our agencies are struggling to meet the need for emergency food and other services for families affected by the storm. This donation from the American Red Cross will help to brighten the holidays of hundreds of families who need our ongoing assistance.”

Thanks to the generosity of the American public, the Red Cross has been helping people since before Sandy made land fall 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 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties

The FoodBank is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit whose mission is to alleviate hunger and build food security in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The organization distributes over 8 million pounds of food annually, and is the primary provider of food and resources to a network of over 260 hunger relief organizations that serve individuals and families in need. One in 10 people living in Monmouth and Ocean Counties receives food from the FoodBank. For more information, visit www.foodbankmoc.org