It has been more than two months since Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast, but thousands are still struggling to cope with the devastating aftermath of the superstorm. It will take many more months – and even years – for those who were in its path to complete the monumental task of rebuilding their communities and their lives.
The Humana Foundation, which has a history of providing disaster relief to neighbors near and far, will continue to support the rebuilding efforts by providing a new gift of $100,000 to two East Coast nonprofits, New York Cares and City Harvest. This contribution is in addition to the Humana Foundation’s previous pledge to match up to $200,000 in employee charitable gifts to aid recovery efforts.
“We believe the meaningful work carried out by New York Cares and City Harvest is critical to helping those impacted by Superstorm Sandy regain their sense of security and get back on their feet,” said Virginia Kelly Judd, Executive Director of the Humana Foundation. “These outstanding nonprofits are providing support and services to thousands in need.”
New York Cares is offering support to more than 50,000 residents of Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and lower Manhattan by providing water, meals and toiletries; clearing debris from damaged homes and streets; and expanding its ongoing health, education and revitalization programming at agencies and schools throughout the communities impacted by Sandy.
City Harvest has already provided more than 1.6 million pounds of food to Sandy victims. It is extending its hurricane relief efforts and plans to deliver 51 additional trailer loads of pre-packed grocery food boxes to hurricane relief sites and emergency food providers.