President Barack Obama meets privately with Damien and Glenda Moore at a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center tent in Staten Island, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2012. The Moore’s two small children, Brandon and Connor, died after being swept away during Hurricane Sandy. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 16, 2012: The effects from Hurricane Sandy continues to be felt by thousands in New York with some still without heat and power. President Obama toured the area by air and on foot in New Dorp, Staten Island today, where he saw first hand, the devastation and gave hugs to a lucky few. He also met with Mr. & Mrs. Moore, whose two young sons were swept away in the storm.
Mayor Bloomberg Greets President Barack Obama and Travels to Areas Damaged by Hurricane Sandy November 15, 2012 (Photo Credit: Edward Reed)
The President, who toured Queens via helicopter with NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, insisted he is committed to the rebuilding of the city for the long term.
As some New Yorkers struggle to survive, the American Red Cross continues to provide food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to the many people in the Greater New York Region still struggling even as power is restored and some communities begin to recover.
Shelters remain open for people unable to return home, and Tuesday night about 2,700 people stayed in 20 shelters.
The extensive Red Cross feeding operation in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention continues, with kitchens and fixed feeding sites spread across New York and New Jersey. To date, 5.6 million meals and snacks have been served.
Here is a list of Red Cross feeding sites currently open in NYC and on Long Island (as of 11/13):
(Meals are served from 11 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 6 pm)
Midland Beach – Hunter Avenue and Fr Capodano Blvd. (Last meals will be served on Nov.15)
Miller Field – 600 New Dorp Lane (Last meals will be served on Nov.15)
New Brighton Beach – Jersey Street at Hendricks (Winter Ave). (Last meals will be served on Nov.15)
Tyson Food (RC Partner) – Miller Field, National Park Svc Center, 600 New Dorp Road (DCR)
Breezy Point – Rockaway Point Blvd and 12th Ave.
Broad Channel – American Legion, 209 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach – 165 Ave & 98th St.
Our Lady of Grace, 158-110 101st St.
Waldbaum’s – Beach 112th and Rockaway Blvd.
38157 S South St., Jamaica
Beach 12th and Redfern Ave.
Key Food – 87-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd (bwtn. Beach 87th and 88th)
ConAgra (RC partner) – Wavecrest Shopping Center, 229-271 Beach 20th, Rockaway
Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway and Ave. N
Brighton Beach – Brighton Beach Avenue and Coney Island Ave.
Coney Island MCU – 1904 Surf Ave.
Red Hook – Coffey Park
Red Hook – Recreation Area 155 Bay Street
Seagate Parking Lot – 37th and Neptune Ave.
50 Madison St. (Last meals will be served on Nov.15)
Knickerbocker – Hamilton/Madison House (Gym), 50 Monroe St., at approx. 3 pm
LONG ISLAND – Nassau County
Nassau Community College – 1 Education Dr., Garden City, New York
St. Ann’s Church – 88 2nd Avenue, Brentwood, Long Island
Seaford – Cedar Park, 3340 Merrick Road (Last meals will be served on Nov.15)
LONG ISLAND – Suffolk County
Hewlett – Grant Park – Broadway and Sheridan Ave. (Last meals will be served on Nov.15)
Babylon/Lindenhurst – Public Works – 200 East Sunrise Hwy, Lindenhurst
Mastic Beach – Nutrition Center, 369 Neighborhood Rd.
Lido Beach – Nickerson Beach Park, 880 Lido Ave. (Last meals will be served on Nov.15)
Riverhead County Center (DRC) – 300 Center Dr., Riverhead (Last meals will be served on Nov.15)
Red Cross volunteers are also driving through neighborhoods to hand out water, food and relief supplies in more than 300 Red Cross feeding trucks mobilized as well as rental cars, trucks and other vehicles. Meanwhile, as of Tuesday, November 13, the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry program, working with the American Red Cross, brought its free laundry services to Island Park, New York to provide clean clothes to New York area residents and relief workers who are in need of resources and support following the damage caused by superstorm Sandy and the nor’easter.
This as Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams, working alongside local community groups, continue to provide medical and mental health care to Hurricane Sandy-affected communities in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as Hoboken, New Jersey. The vast majority of the patients treated by MSF in the shelters and underserved communities have been elderly, homeless, or physically or mentally impaired.