This hurricane season has been particularly rough, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, ready to eat meals and water are in short supply on Puerto Rico right now. We’re working with, FEMA and Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico (our sister food bank), and their partners on the ground to transport and deliver the food that we collect to their 135 community food partners across the island.
Thank you to all who donated food, water, and supplies through New Yorkers United! We’re now working with our partner organizations to collect and deliver to Puerto Rico. You can continue to help relief efforts by purchasing food bundles at D’Agostino’s stores through October 21, which will be picked up by City Harvest. The items we collect are being repacked and transported to Puerto Rico, where Feeding America and the Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico have secured multiple warehouse sites around the island to store and distribute them.
- City Harvest has flown 19 pallets of water to the island (through and United Airlines), and we sent 2 pallets of meal boxes filled with protein-rich items like peanut butter and beef stew, as well as chili with beans and apple sauce (through a private plane secured by Bethenny Frankel).
- Three tractor trailers of water were sent to Jacksonville, FL to be shipped to Puerto Rico.
- Daddy Yankee and his fans donated food, water and supplies; we’ve picked up 199 pallets and anticipate at least another 50 pallets. Some of the pallets have been sent to Puerto Rico already and we’re repacking the rest and transporting them to Puerto Rico as quickly as possible.
- We are sending two truck loads of food and water, including items collected by Daddy Yankee’s fans, to Miami, FL to be flown directly to Puerto Rico. All transportation was generously donated by the AMUR Foundation.
- Through City Harvest’s hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida, we sent four tractor trailers of food and water to Houston and a truck load of food and supplies to Beaumont in mid-September, and our truck and driver will be there through mid-October to assist with transport needs. Jenique Jones, our Director of Program Operations, and Racine Lee Droz, our Associate Director of Food Sourcing, spent time in Texas and Florida, respectively, providing guidance, and additional staff members have been available by phone to answer questions about infrastructure and fundraising best practices.
Every tractor trailer we fill with meal boxes and water will feed 1,000 families for three days. We’ll continue to monitor what’s needed and how and where City Harvest can help ensure that impacted residents have nutritious meals to eat.
Additional Hurricane Relief
We are also continuing to assist with relief efforts in Texas and Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. City Harvest has sent water, repacked food, and supplies to our partner food banks in each state, and we’ve deployed staff and trucks on the ground to aid in recovery work.
You can help by donating to the following organizations: