Many of our members in the Northeast have been affected by the recent superstorm and our hearts go out to them, wishing them warmth and safety in the weeks ahead. Superstorm Sandy, as other natural disasters in recent years, has again identified the critical requirement to have emergency response in disaster situations address the needs of those on allergen-restricted diets and other special medical diets.
We will be doing two things to assist in this effort:
1. We will use this blog and our online community to post updates regarding how you can help, and where those in need can go to obtain allergy-friendly foods.
2. In addition, we will work in the weeks and months ahead to identify stakeholders and begin planning efforts so emergency response will be better prepared to respond to those in need when a disaster strikes in the future. If you would like to be part of this planning effort, please contact us.
President / CEO of Kids With Food Allergies
Hurricane Sandy Updates from FEMA, including disaster and survivor assistance, and where to donate and volunteer:
How You Can Help
Make a donation to the American Red Cross
The following food banks are accepting donations of food. Please mark any boxes you send "allergy-friendly" so they can be identified. They also welcome cash donations.
The Community Food Bank of NJ
6735 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor, NJ 08234
The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Inc.
3300 Route 66
Neptune, NJ 07753
The following food bank will accept palettes of food from companies or individual packages from donors. Label any boxes you send as "allergy friendly food."
Long Island Cares Inc.
10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way)
Hauppauge, NY 11788-2039
Phone (631) 582-FOOD
NEW YORK CITY
The following food bank is only accepting large donations of food on palettes from food companies. They are unable to accept small packages of food donations. If you want to help as an individual, please make a cash donation.
Food Bank of New York City
355 Food Center Drive
Bronx, NY 10474
t: 718.991.4300, ext. 3335
c:646 265 5099
There are currently no food banks located on Staten Island. The manager of the Shop Rite grocery store near the New Dorp High School, one of the hardest hit areas of Staten Island, has agreed to set up a conference room to accept shelf-stable gluten-free and/or allergen-friendly items. Individual donations or palettes from the company may be sent. You can send your food donations to:
Rich Phillips, Manager
Shop Rite, New Dorp
2424 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10306
Label your donations as "allergy friendly" or "gluten free," as appropriate. if sending palettes, please contact the store manager to let him know it's being sent.
THOSE USING ELEMENTAL FORMULAS
Our friends at APFED will be coordinating assistance for families living with eosinophilic disorders affected by Hurricane Sandy. If you are in need of assistance, visit APFED's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/APFED for more details or contact Julie Springer directly at 407-340-2412.