The Relief Effort Goes On: 100,000+ made Homeless by Sandy, LI FoodNot Bombs Takes Action!
The Relief Effort Goes On:
Long Island Food Not Bombs would like to thank the thousands of people who’ve contacted us with offers of help over the past few days. If we haven’t gotten back to you, we will soon. Cellphone, Internet and landline communications are still down across the majority of Long Island. Your help is desperately needed! Sandy has left Hundreds of Thousands homeless, without shelter, cold and hungry!
How you can help:
1. Collection Drives: Over the next week, we’re asking people and businesses to organize collection drives of clothing, canned goods, bottled water, flashlights, batteries, blankets and sleeping bags. Once items are collected they can be brought to any of our food share locations or you can contact us to arrange a pickup. Please be advised that due to poor communications and the gas shortage, some pickups may be delayed over the next few days.
2. Donate some funds/Organize a fundraiser: We need money for gas, and special equipment to coordinate volunteers and transport food. We’re looking to purchase additional phones for volunteers, portable cooking equipment, and a non-gasoline powered vehicle if possible.
*Donate (Please note, sometimes the donation links require that you click them twice)*
3. Volunteer/Come for a meeting: We’re organizing Emergency Community Meetings after all our upcoming food shares. These meetings will take place after our Wyandanch Food Share, Saturday Nov.3rd @noon, after our Bed-Stuy Food Share, Saturday, Nov.3rd @3pm, after our Hempstead Food Share, Sunday, Nov.4th @2pm, outside the Huntington Public Library (Mass Meeting), Monday, Nov. 5th @7pm, and after our Huntington Food Share, Tuesday, Nov. 6th @7pm.
Our Monday meeting @7pm outside the Huntington Public Library is still on and we’re asking everyone, who can, to come out to this meeting since we’ll be discussing the groundwork for the next week.
4. Check in on your neighbors: We’re asking everyone in affect communities to check in on their neighbors and see if you can be of help. There are many seniors and disabled individuals who are unable to leave their homes at the moment. Please check in with them to see if they’re ok. Please come to our food shares to collect clothing and food for them. We’re all about Community Solidarity, so lets all pitch in!
What we’ll be doing/ Where we’ll be:
Saturday, Nov. 3rd –
Wyandanch & Bed-Stuy: We’re asking people to bring supplies to our regular food shares in Wyandanch @ Noon and Bed-Stuy @ 3pm. We’ll have additional food to meet the needs of those affect by the storm and we’re organizing Emergency Community Meetings after both shares.
Lindenhurst - We’re organizing a clothing collection at the Lindenhurst Fire Department on Wellwood Ave. (all-day). If you’re in the area please bring clothing and blankets. All donations will go to neighbors in Lindenhurst who have lost their homes.
Brooklyn Wide - In addition, to our two regular Saturday shares we’ll also be sharing thousands of pounds of ready to eat fruits across affected communities in Brooklyn.
Sunday, Nov. 4th -
We’re asking people to bring supplies to our regular food share in Hempstead @ 2pm. All blankets & sleeping bags we collect will be shared in Long Beach, one of the worst affected communities.
We’re also expecting 750+ people at our Hempstead Share. Since our regular kitchens are without power, we’re also asking if people can bring a prepared vegan meal to share.
Monday, Nov. 5th & the coming week -
We’ll be meeting outside the Huntington Public Library at 7pm to discuss our future plans. Please come. Our hope is to create additional food sharing sites in the worst hit areas of Long Island including Long Beach, Lindenhurst, Mastic and others.
What we’ve been doing:
Since Tuesday mourning we’ve rescued well over a Hundred Thousand pounds of groceries that we’ve already distributed to thousands of people across Long Island affected by the storm.
Updates on the Situation:
LIPA is reporting that over 100,000 homes and business have been destroyed in Nassau and Suffolk counties alone. At this point there is an additional 600,000+ without power and heat, and the nights keep getting colder.
Access to food and water is becoming very difficult. A majority of our volunteers are running out of gas, and gas lines can be as long as 4 hours.
Communications have improved slightly, but we’re still having serious trouble coordinating volunteers.
We’re incredibly grateful for everyone’s support, and if you haven’t heard back from us please keep trying to contact us, we’ll be in touch soon.
Posted Nov 2 2012 - 7:48pm by LongIslandFNB