I rarely tell people this but I once had aspirations to move to New York. It was back in college, when all my friends were moving to New York and, obviously, I chose San Francisco instead. I have no regrets about my move here, and most of my friends who used to live in New York have since moved away from it (a large chunk of them to San Francisco actually). Yet, every time I visit, I have that twinge of regret, wondering how differently my life would have been had I moved there instead. I had a quick visit to New York back in August and have been meaning to post about it ever since. With Hurricane Sandy occurring a couple of weeks ago, a number of food bloggers have banded together to dedicate a post in support of those affected by the storm. Though the initial call for blog posts from Creative Culinary and Jenn Cuisine said to offer up a comfort item, there are plenty of comfort foods to be found here on my blog. Instead I offer a tiny snapshot of New York that I took while running around in lower Manhattan (and a quick jaunt up to Central Park). Sandy impact on the city was horrible and there is a lot of work to be done. If you can spare anything, please consider donating to some of the non-profits listed below that are either working to help the victims of Sandy or have been affected by the storm itself.
Red Hook Initiative works with at risk youth to help them develop skills and leadership in local communities like Brooklyn. They are currently hosting legal assistance, emergency medical care from volunteer doctors for victims and are spearheading relief efforts, including serving 1000 hot meals per day. You can donate specifically to their Hurricane Effort through their Network through Good page.
CityMeals on Wheels is one of the largest meals-on-wheels programs in the US, providing 1.8 million meals to over 16,500 elderly New Yorkers each year. You can help them continue to provide meals to homebound elderly in the aftermath of Sandy with your donation.
Brooklyn Recovery Fund is a joint effort between the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Their efforts is to pool funds and distribute it to nonprofits that are working directly with the victims. It’s worth checking out their site, to read about the nonprofits and what each organization is doing in their own community.
Feeding America is providing food, water, and supplies as part of their disaster relief program.
Red Cross I am hesitant to list the Red Cross, as there have been some reports of their lack of response, which is troubling, but overall they are a good organization that helps those in need. You can donate directly to them, or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
And if you are part of the twitter community, you can follow the hashtag #FBS4Sandy to see what others are posting about and to help encourage donations. If you are a food blogger that has posted as part of this effort, please leave a comment below so I (and others) can visit your post!