Food relief is coming to Manhattan and other parts of NYC still without power. Gothamist has the early details:
Red Cross Communications Officer Michael de Vulpillieres emails us to say that 35 emergency response vehicles “stocked with food, snacks, water and clean up supplies” are headed to the city, and will fan out to serve communities affected by Sandy. “We also are identifying sites for large mobile kitchens to be set up in the city where food will be prepared and distributed,” Vulpillieres writes. According to State Senator Daniel Squadron’s office, residents remaining in the Smith, Riis, and Baruch Houses will soon have running water from city-provided generators.
I’ll update this post when we know where the distribution points will be.
UPDATE: More news on food relief as we learn that the National Guard and FEMA are airlifting one million meals into the blackout zones.
“After days without powers, the most immediate need for many New Yorkers is food and water and the state is working aggressively to address this need.” Cuomo said in the announcement. “The first plane into JFK this morning was from FEMA, carrying supplies and personnel we requested. New York state will continue to deploy all our resources in response to Hurricane Sandy and adjust to the needs and concerns of New Yorkers so that we can ensure a safe and speedy recovery.”
According to the governor’s office FEMA and the National Guard will work with the city and “major not-for-profit organizations” to establish points of distribution and set up staging stations throughout the most affected areas. “National Guardsman will assist with the delivery of approximately 30 tractor-trailers of the food and water, by going door-to-door to New Yorkers who have been without power and electricity since Hurricane Sandy hit the state. The National Guardsmen and FEMA officials will also check the wellness and needs of individuals in these areas to ensure that residents are safe.”
Food and water will be distributed beginning today at these Manhattan locations: 10th Street between Avenues C and D, Catherine Street between Monroe and Cherry Streets (Smith Houses), Pitt and Houston Streets, Grand and Clinton Streets (water only), Bowery and Division Street (Confucius Plaza).