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Red Cross Awards $200,000 in Sandy Grants to NJ Food Banks

Tinton Falls, NJ, May 6, 2014 – The American Red Cross today awarded $100,000 grants to the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to distribute groceries to low-income households.

 “As a result of our long term recovery work in the state, the Red Cross is able to identify and help to address the ongoing needs of Sandy impacted residents,” said Nancy Orlando, regional CEO, American Red Cross South Jersey Region. “While we would not necessarily expect emergency food to be a pressing need for families 18 months after Sandy’s landfall; however the financial toll of relocation and rebuild/repair work has created a tremendous strain on the day-to-day living expenses for many low-income households.”

These grants will feed more than 2,500 New Jersey residents of Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May Counties who continue to experience financial hardships due to Sandy’s devastating impact on housing, employment, transportation and financial stability. 

“We have seen a dramatic increase in the demand for emergency food among low income households since Sandy struck in October of 2012,” said Carlos M. Rodriguez, executive director of the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. “Thanks to the Red Cross, we will be able to provide monthly emergency food for an additional twelve months to these struggling families.”

“We are very grateful to the support of the Red Cross that will enable us to feed hundreds of families and help alleviate their household budgets as they continue to work on their recovery from Sandy,” said Cathy McCann, chief operating officer of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

In addition to the grants announced today, the Red Cross has partnered with numerous organizations to support the recovery of New Jersey families and communities affected by Sandy. The Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and construction services. The Red Cross has received $311.5 million in donations for its Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts, and has spent or committed $291 million—over 93 percent of the donated funds – as of February 28. More information on the Red Cross Sandy relief and recovery efforts, including other New Jersey grants, 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.

About the Community FoodBank of New Jersey:

CFBNJ distributes more than 40 million pounds of food a year, helping to feed almost one million people in 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.

Contact:

American Red Cross

Kate Vossen 732.675.8448

Kate.Vossen@redcross.org