FNB Disaster Response & Emergency Relief for Hurricane Sandy Survivors

Sharing food after Katrina

You can help Food Not Bombs provide food and logistical support for the survivors of Sandy!

Updated October 30, 2012



The disasters we are facing are unprecedented. Sandy is causing huge problems. We have several hundred Food Not Bombs groups in and near the area hit by Sandy. Your local Food Not Bombs group may already be providing food and logistical support and can use your help. Food Not Bombs has often been the first to provide aid after earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, floods, heat waves, riots, forest fires, terrorist attacks, droughts, economic crisis and other disasters. Our volunteers were first to provide food after the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, the attacks on the World Trade Center and the 2008 economic collapse. We are also often the last to end our relief efforts. The American Red Cross asked those seeking relief after the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake and Katrina to call our toll free number 1-800-84-1136 for food and logistical support. We have made a point to have this number staffed in person which is important in the event of a crisis since people may not be able to have access to electricity and need immediate support. The need for emergency disaster relief is increasing with more extreme weather devastates communities and the economic crisis grows more dire. As a result your support is needed more then ever. We not only need financial support but we need volunteers to help collect food. We also need vehicles, tools, cooking equipment, communications equipment and medical professionals.

The impact of these disasters can have lasting impact. We may be required to set up Food Not Bombs field kitchens for long periods of time and can use additional volunteer support. We will also require assistance buying propane, fuel and other resources.

The crisis often is not really over once the media turns their attention the next disaster. Sympathy often evaporates as soon as news of the disaster moves to the next story. Many survivors of past disasters are now considered regular members of America’s homeless population and require our continued support. We are still providing meals to families that lost their homes during Katrina and many people made homeless by the 2008 housing foreclosure crisis still depend on our meals. The sympathy witnessed during the initial disaster quickly changes to organized campaigns designed to criminalize and drive the survivors out of sight. We not only find ourselves working to provide food and resources but we frequently find it necessary to defend the rights of these survivors.

(Groups impacted by Sandy are encouraged to contact us with your needs.)

Many of our east coast Food Not Bombs chapters are struggling to regroup. We need help from chapters less effected by Hurricane Sandy. It appears theta the Manhattan Food Not Bombs kitchen was flooded. We are not sure of the details on the rest of New York and Long Island. (PLEASE REPORT YOUR NEEDS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.) We are trying to set up staging areas on high ground near the most effected areas. Please email us your city, phone number and email address to menu@foodnotbombs.net. We will add you to our lists in these categories.

A. Vehicles able to bring food and volunteers.
B. Food and cooking equipment ready to pick up on the way to the staging areas.
C. Collection areas for food, funds and equipment in your local area to send to the east coast.

We need help setting up the staging areas and will post the addresses as soon as we know.

  • STAGING AREA A. – Philadelphia area
  • STAGING AREA B. – New York City area
  • STAGING AREA C. – Connecticut area
  • STAGING AREA D. – Rhode Island area
  • STAGING AREA D. – Boston area

These are some of the things you can do to help us respond effectively to these disasters.

  1. Organize a meeting this week – calling, emailing and posting flyers about the need for people to help and remember to include the day, time and location of the meeting.
  2. At the meeting organize committees that will focus on seeking food donations, propane stoves, tanks of gas, tables and cooking equipment. Ask another committee to recruit more volunteers and organize another committee responsible for transportation. Another committee can organize benefit concerts and other fundraising projects.
  3. Choose a time, date and location for where your vehicles will gather to take the trip to the disaster area.
  4. Collect 25 and 50 pound bags of rice, beans, 25 and 50-pound bags of rice, beans, black-eyed peas, lentils and any other large amounts of dry goods, pasta cooking oil, spices and other non perishable food. We can also use propane stoves, kitchen equipment, pop up tents, sleeping tents, folding tables, water jugs, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, socks, medical equipment, batteries and other personal items.
  5. Once on site you can organize your kitchen and encourage survivors to help prepare the next meal. This will be very helpful to those who may have lost their homes giving them a useful task to help ease their pain. They can help you set up the kitchen equipment, join your volunteers in collecting locally discarded produce, bread and other surplus food. Other volunteers can seek a source of fresh water and organize the resupply of water to the kitchen.
  6. Contact us to report on your progress and request support by emailing our office at menu@foodnotbombs.netor calling us at 1-800-884-1136. IF YOU CAN VOLUNTEER PLEASE EMAIL US TODAY! menu@foodnotbombs.net



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