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Red Cross Awards Sandy Grant for Food Assistance in Brooklyn

The American Red Cross is enabling us to reach people who are still in need of support and services.

The American Red Cross has awarded a $40,000 grant to Reaching-Out Community Services to provide food delivery assistance for people affected by Superstorm Sandy in Brooklyn.

The funding will be used to help 1,800 Sandy-affected families in Brooklyn, particularly Coney Island and Canarsie, by providing bulk food distribution and assistance in registering for benefits such as food stamps.

“Reaching-Out Community Services recognizes the need is still great among Brooklyn residents who have been challenged by Sandy and are still recovering from their loss,” said Thomas Neve, executive director, Reaching-Out Community Services. “The American Red Cross is enabling us to reach people who are still in need of support and services. This outreach would not be possible without Red Cross support.”

Target areas for Reaching-Out Community Services will include partner drop-off locations in Canarsie and Coney Island. These two locations will be added to an existing community resource: an established, client-choice pantry in Bensonhurst where people are able to choose meals tailored to their dietary needs, much as they would in a traditional supermarket.

“The Red Cross is proud to partner with Reaching-Out Community Services to provide food and supplies to individuals and families affected by Sandy,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO, Red Cross Greater New York Region. “Nearly 16 months after Sandy, many families are still struggling to meet even their most basic needs. Thanks to generous donations from the American public, we’re able to provide help.”

Superstorm Sandy is the largest U.S. operation by the Red Cross in more than five years, and thanks to the public’s generous support, the Red Cross has received $309 million in donations for Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts. As of December 31, the Red Cross has spent or committed $287 million – nearly 93 percent of the donated funds.

The Red Cross has partnered with and funded numerous community-based organizations to support the recovery of individuals and families in Brooklyn who were affected by Sandy. These partners include Brooklyn Community Foundation and Children’s Health Fund. Sandy recovery efforts focus on the areas of housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination, and food security. Additional community grants will be announced in the weeks ahead.

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 follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.

About Reaching-Out Community Services, Inc.:

Reaching-Out Community Services is an anti-hunger and social service organization established in 1992. Our mission is to prevent hunger within the communities we serve and provide social service assistance to those seeking help in their time of need, such as helping with registration for food stamps or health benefits in addition to other benefits for which they may qualify. RCS partners with The Food Bank for NYC, City Harvest, United Way and many other organizations that fulfill the same mission. Our goal is to help those who are not able to help themselves, in addition to providing solutions and educational training that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment in a dignified matter. For more information, please visit rcsprograms.org or follow us on Twitter at @rcsprograms.