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Posted January 16, 2013

Months after Hurricane Sandy devastated neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey, the American Red Cross continues to provide food, water, health services and emotional support in the affected communities.

Almost 1,000 Red Cross disaster workers are still responding in the two states. To date, more than 16,500 workers have been assigned to the Sandy response, the large majority volunteers.

Neighborhoods have changed forever; countless homes have been damaged or destroyed. One of the biggest needs people have had since the storm hit is food to eat, a need which continues all these weeks later.

As of this week, the Red Cross and partners have served about 10.5 million meals and snacks. The Red Cross still has fixed feeding sites open, trucks delivering food and relief supplies in affected neighborhoods, and is providing an additional 60,000 meals a week through a unique partnership with local food banks.

To help ensure people who need food have access to it, the Red Cross is helping to fund several local food banks to boost their capacity to serve more meals. Local groups like City Harvest, Island Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City have the experience and capacity to provide both large scale and long term feeding in New York.

People can get food boxes at a number of sites in hard hit areas that provide about three days of food for four people, some of it ready for them to eat and some that can be prepared at home.

Since Sandy made landfall, the Red Cross has:

Provided almost 108,000 health and mental health services
Distributed 6.9 million relief items like blankets and clean-up supplies
Distributed about 10.5 million meals and snacks
Deployed more than 16,500 workers to help

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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives. © Copyright, The American National Red Cross. All Rights Reserved.