Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City announced a new grant program yesterday that will provide more than $1.7 million in funding for city-wide emergency food networks that served communities in need during Hurricane Sandy. Many food pantries and soup kitchens served the influx of new clients during the aftermath of the hurricane despite struggling to rebuild their own facilities. The much-needed monies will support the post-Sandy distribution of thousands of meals throughout the hardest hit communities, helping to rebuild emergency food locations in Sandy-affected areas.
“Food pantries and soup kitchens responded swiftly to meet community needs after Hurricane Sandy, even when they themselves had been impacted,” said Deputy Mayor Gibbs in a press release. “The City is committed to helping our non-profit partners get back on their own feet as they continue to help our neighbors recover.”
Many emergency food providers faced loss of power, flooding and structural damage post-Sandy and were very much in need of this new grant program, which is supported by several organizations including the Red Cross of Greater New York, Food Bank for New York City and City Harvest. Mini-grants are available to be used for stocking extra food to meet increased demand, providing marketing tools and technical assistance to support benefits programs such as SNAP, and supporting program operations including increased staffing, volunteer and transportation needs. The cash grants will also help programs that sustained losses not reimbursable by FEMA and help them become fully operational again.
“Emergency food providers have been on the front lines of support for communities recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” said President of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City Megan Sheekey. “We are grateful to our donors and our partners at Food Bank For New York City and City Harvest who are working hard to restore and strengthen these networks at such a critical time for our city.”
Grants are being awarded on a rolling basis until mid-April. Emergency service providers seeking assistance can visit NYC.gov for further information on how to apply.
Via NYC Gov