Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 3,085 boxes of traditional Thanksgiving dinners and 900 turkeys will be delivered to communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. The Governor coordinated thousands of food items donated by Costco, Delta, ShopRite and Walmart to be packed and delivered by the National Guard to impacted New Yorkers in New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley today.
This morning, Governor Cuomo will visit the Five Towns Community Center in Lawrence, Nassau County at 11:00 AM and the Rockaway Point Fire Department in Breezy Point, Queens at 12:00 PM to help distribute dinners. In Breezy Point, the Governor will be greeting first responders with actor Steve Buscemi at a lunch hosted by the Friends of Firefighters non-profit organization. The Friends of Firefighters lunch was nearly cancelled but the Governor's Office arranged for the National Guard to help deliver supplies and prepare meals for the first responders.
This Thanksgiving, we wanted to ensure that New Yorkers impacted by the storm can still celebrate the holiday with their loved ones, Governor Cuomo said. The generous contributions from Costco, Delta, ShopRite and Walmart made that possible for families in the hardest hit communities in the state. I thank our corporate partners for their continuing assistance which will provide the invaluable comfort of a Thanksgiving dinner to thousands of New Yorkers.
The following donations were provided for the meals:
- Delta: 1,000 turkeys and 1,000 pies
- ShopRite: 3,000 cans of turkey gravy and 3,000 cans of vegetables
- Walmart: 2,600 turkeys, 3,000 boxes of stuffing, 3,000 cans of cranberry sauce and 3,000 boxes and tape
- Costco: 3,000 loaves of bread and 3,000 cans of vegetables
These donations were packed into boxes for distribution, which include a turkey, two cans of vegetables, one can of cranberry, one can of gravy, one box of stuffing, and a loaf of bread.
The following locations will receive dinner boxes and turkeys: