Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, and our team at TCAH experienced its impact firsthand. Armed with hot food, blankets, and bags of groceries, we were among the first relief providers to brave the debris in Far Rockaway, and we will never forget the scene of destruction left in the wake of the superstorm.
We found a neighborhood that had been nearly destroyed. Entire homes were in shambles, trucks and cars had been washed away, and most importantly, families who had lost everything were out wandering the streets in need of help.TCAH’s on-site relief effort provided crucial support to thousands in both Coney Island and Far Rockaway. Hundreds more evacuees came to TCAH’s SuperPantry for food and support as they worked towards a rebuilding their lives.
In the first three weeks after Hurricane Sandy, we increased food distribution by a staggering 138%. For example, TCAH typically feeds 200 to 300 new families each month. However, in the three weeks after Sandy, we added more than 650 new families.
In December of 2012, we received a $10,000 grant to help us expand our efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. This generous donation along with other contributions allows us to continue helping families still recovering from the devastation of the storm. To learn more about this ongoing work, please visit our Mobile Pantry page.