How To Help Hurricane Sandy Victims: Food Donations & Volunteering

Hurricane Sandy may have blown over, but thousands of people are still struggling in the aftermath. Many areas, like the Far Rockaways in New York and along the Jersey Shore, are still without electricity and heat, and the days are getting shorter and much, much colder. Whether you live near or far from these communities, you can help! Here's a resource list we've compiled with links to information and organizations engaged in Sandy relief efforts:

Websites That Are Constantly Updating with Relief Information
Occupy Sandy
Red Hook Recovers
Lower East Side Recovers
Astoria Recovers
Staten Island Recovers
Google Crisis Map
Sandy Relief Donation Sites + Volunteer Opps - crowd-sourced spreadsheet
Gowanus Studio Space Food Relief

Twitter Handles Giving Updates:
@OccupySandy
@SandyVolunteer
@Brokelyn
@RedHookInitiative
@GoodShepherdNYC
@NYCService
@520ClintonOS

Donate to Food Banks:
Community Foodbank of New Jersey
Food Bank for New York City
New York City Coalition Against Hunger
Food Bank for Westchester
Masbia Food Kitchen
Feeding America

Donate Money to Help by Text:
• Red Cross - $10 donation - REDCROSS to 90999 or through iTunes
• Salvation Army - $10 donation - STORM to 80888
• Tunnel2Towers - $10 donation - RESTORE to 80888
• Direct Relief International - $10 Donation - RELIEF to 27222

Donate via eBay and Amazon:
Occupy Sandy Wedding Amazon Gift Registry
eBay Auction to Support those Affected by Hurricane Sandy
Assemblyman Titone's Relief Supplies Amazon Wishlist (Staten Island)

Volunteer with Local Direct Assistance Organizations
NYC Service
New York Cares
NYC Food Truck Association
New York City Coalition Against Hunger
Brooklyn Recovery Fund
Red Hook Initiative
Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
Jersey City Sandy Relief Volunteers
New Jersey Needs
• Plus many more at Sweet Fine Day, WYNC, and the TED blog.

(Image: John Minchillo/AP via Here & Now)

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