The Center for Emergency Services

Red Cross Partnership


In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, thousands of Long Islanders were impacted by the storm’s effects long after it had raged across the Island. Island Harvest stepped up to help. We were on the front lines during and immediately after the storm, providing food and water to our neighbors and even providing food and supplies for immediate responders.– and we had the opportunity to partner with the American Red Cross to ensure continued relief to so many in need.

Our post-Sandy “Transitional Feeding Program” came about through a natural partnership for Island Harvest and the American Red Cross … two agencies that had worked together closely in the days immediately following the storm to bring meals and other needed relief into Long Island’s hardest hit communities. Generous grant funding from the American Red Cross allowed Island Harvest to assess and establish disaster relief sites Island wide and bring help right to where it was needed. Through the program, Island Harvest delivered over 3.5 million pounds of American Red Cross Disaster Relief Food – that’s almost 3 million meals! — plus more than 1 million pounds of other needed food and supplies. And we brought this help directly to the people struggling post-Sandy and to Island Harvest’s many agency partners who continued to assist disaster victims in their own communities.

Together, Island Harvest and the American Red Cross made a real difference for our neighbors through long and difficult months of recovery.