Members of the food rescue group City Harvest picked up meals donated from local restaurants and kitchens and delivered them throughout areas of Queens, Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan that were greatly affected by Hurricane Sandy ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
Before the sun came up, City Harvest staff began loading up a truck that was destined for a relief center in the Rockaways.
"I think that the team here understands what the mission is, and for motivation, we just have to see what's going on out there," said Miguel Bido of City Harvest.
This is usually the busiest time of year for the 30-year-old food rescue organization, which helps feed more than 1 million New Yorkers each year. Now, there is an additional challenge for City Harvest: getting food to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
"Aside from providing the services that we normally do, we've been able to coordinate with the Office of Emergency Management and provide services also to the sites that were greatly impacted," Bido said.
Truck diver Eddie Ayala began pulling out of the City Harvest warehouse lot at around 7:30 a.m. His first stop was the Shake Shack in Midtown for a pick up of sandwiches and fruit. A little later, the truck stopped in Brooklyn to pick up breakfast pastries from One Girl Cookies. Owner Dave Crofton's Dumbo location was damaged during Sandy.
"This time of year, you always want to help out, but this year in particular, you really want to help out a lot," Crofton said. So when they approached us, we said 'yeah, excellent, we'll do anything you want.'"
After finishing up in Brooklyn, the truck was headed for Belle Harbor, where it arrived at the Relief Center in the Saint Francis de Sales Church parking lot at around 11:30 a.m.
Sot Msr. John Brown, St. Francis De Sales Church "It's one of those things that everything you need just comes," said Msr. John Brown of the St. Francis de Sales Church. "People's goodness is incredible. It's a fascinating thing to watch."
For more information, visit www.cityharvest.org.