Lindenhurst, NY - October 22nd, 2013 - Long Island Cares, Inc. - The Harry Chapin Food Bank will mark the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy by distributing an 18 page booklet which describes the role of the regional food bank in responding to the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island. They now begin the second phase of their Emergency Response and Recovery Services Program which will entail a personal follow-up with the nearly 14,000 families they assisted in the last 12 months.
The second phase of their recovery plan will begin with aggressive outreach to families that have already benefitted from the organization's services. Long Island Cares will then identify any additional families that will need extra support and supplies during the upcoming winter months. Long Island Cares forecasts hiring additional staff to coordinate focus groups with survivor families in an effort to identify and address current needs for food support, supplies and small grants. Most of the work will be coordinated at Long Island Cares' storefront locations in Freeport and Lindenhurst, as well as through their mobile outreach units.
The second phase of recovery assistance is being supported with approximately $250,000 in private and corporate donations to Long Island Cares designated for Hurricane Sandy recovery work and will begin in early October.
According to Paule Pachter, Executive Director of Long Island Cares, Inc., "Many families have been able to return back to their homes to continue to rebuild their residences and their lives. However, because of the tremendous difficulties families have experienced in trying to receive insurance reimbursement and other financial assistance, we foresee that there will still be a need for tangible goods to enable them to move forward successfully in their recovery."
For more information about the Lindenhurst Sandy Recovery program contact Lisa M. Owens, Coordinator of Emergency Response and Recovery Services at: firstname.lastname@example.org.