Following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Food Bank For New York City was able to quickly organize and execute a disaster response for the millions in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean now facing dire straits. One of the key lessons we learned from our own experience with Hurricane Sandy is that the most impactful and lasting solutions are rooted in partnership. So we teamed up with NYC charities and businesses to mobilize a citywide response we called New Yorkers United, as a way to get food and supplies delivered to hurricane survivors as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.
On Friday, September 29, Food Bank hosted eight collection sites throughout the city for donations of non-perishable food, water, and personal care items. Our sites spanned from Grand Army Plaza, to three Whole Foods locations, to the South Bronx—all sites receiving an overwhelming amount of donations and love for our fellow Americans in need. As inspiring as that is, it was only the beginning.
On Saturday, September 30, with the help of over 150 volunteers working through three shifts at our Bronx warehouse, we managed to sort, prep and pack nearly 60,000lbs of donated goods! Thanks to the amazing effort of our supporters, donors, volunteers, and friends, we will be able to send Big City Love to our sister food bank—Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico—with this much-needed shipment of food and supplies!
When the opportunity to help others arises—be it through donations of time, talent or treasure—New Yorkers are always among the first to demonstrate what it truly means to be a good neighbor. Thank you to our partners, member charities, donors and volunteers who united with us in unwavering support of our disaster relief efforts.
2 Ways to Support our Disaster Relief Efforts:
If you were unable to join our New Yorkers United campaign last weekend, there are still opportunities to make an impact!