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FLASHPOINTS RADIO REPORT ON FOOD NOT BOMBS SANDY RELIEF EFFORT
Volunteers from Staten Island, Long Island, and Brooklyn report on need to respond. Many thousands of people are homeless and tens of thousands may not get power for months. The shocking story not told by commercial radio aired on Pacifica Radio.
The disasters we are facing are unprecedented. Climate change is causing huge problems. We have several hundred
Food Not Bombs groups in and near the area hit by Sandy. Your local Food
Not Bombs group may already be providing food and logistical support and
can use your help. Food Not Bombs has often been the first to provide
aid after earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, floods, heat waves, riots,
forest fires, terrorist attacks, droughts, economic crisis and other
Our volunteers were first to provide food after the 1989 San
Francisco Earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, the attacks on the World Trade
Center, the 2008 economic collapse and now Sandy. We are also often the last to end
our relief efforts. The American Red Cross asked those seeking relief
after the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake and Katrina to call our toll
free number 1-800-84-1136 for food and logistical support. We have made
a point to have this number staffed in person which is important in the
event of a crisis since people may not be able to have access to
electricity and need immediate support. The need for emergency disaster
relief is increasing with more extreme weather devastates communities
and the economic crisis grows more dire. As a result your support is
needed more then ever. We not only need financial support but we need
volunteers to help collect food. We also need vehicles, tools, cooking
equipment, communications equipment and medical professionals.
Setting out the food at the Rockaways
A Food Not Bombs kitchen in New York after Sandy
Sharing food after Sandy
The busy Sandy relief kitchen on November 5, 2012
The impact of these disasters can have lasting impact. We may
be required to set up Food Not Bombs field kitchens for long periods of
time and can use additional volunteer support. We will also require
assistance buying propane, fuel and other resources.
often is not really over once the media turns their attention the next
disaster. Sympathy often evaporates as soon as news of the disaster
moves to the next story. Many survivors of past disasters are now
considered regular members of America's homeless population and
require our continued support. We are still providing meals to families
that lost their homes during Katrina and many people made homeless by
the 2008 housing foreclosure crisis still depend on our meals. The
sympathy witnessed during the initial disaster quickly changes to
organized campaigns designed to criminalize and drive the survivors out
of sight. We not only find ourselves working to provide food and
resources but we frequently find it necessary to defend the rights of
WE ARE ASKING ALL FOOD NOT BOMBS
GROUPS TO HELP.
( Groups impacted by Sandy are
encouraged to contact us with your needs. )
Many of our east coast Food Not Bombs chapters are struggling
to regroup. We need help in areas not effected by Hurricane Sandy. SO much aid is being directed to Sandy that many other areas are struggling.
us your city, phone number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. We
will add you to our lists in these categories.
A. Vehicles able to bring food and volunteers.
B. Food and cooking
equipment ready to pick up on the way to the staging areas.
Collection areas for food, funds and equipment in your local area to
send to the east coast.
These are some of the things you can
do to help us respond effectively to these disasters.
- Organize a
meeting this week - calling, emailing and posting flyers about the need
for people to help and remember to include the day, time and location of
- At the meeting organize committees that will focus on
seeking food donations, propane stoves, tanks of gas, tables and cooking
equipment. Ask another committee to recruit more volunteers and organize
another committee responsible for transportation. Another committee can
organize benefit concerts and other fundraising projects.
- Choose a time, date and location for where your vehicles will
gather to take the trip to the disaster area.
- Collect 25 and 50
pound bags of rice, beans, 25 and 50-pound bags of rice, beans,
black-eyed peas, lentils and any other large amounts of dry goods, pasta
cooking oil, spices and other non perishable food. We can also use
propane stoves, kitchen equipment, pop up tents, sleeping tents, folding
tables, water jugs, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, socks, medical equipment,
batteries and other personal items.
- Once on site you can organize
your kitchen and encourage survivors to help prepare the next meal. This
will be very helpful to those who may have lost their homes giving them
a useful task to help ease their pain. They can help you set up the
kitchen equipment, join your volunteers in collecting locally discarded
produce, bread and other surplus food. Other volunteers can seek a
source of fresh water and organize the resupply of water to the kitchen.
- Contact us to report on your progress and request support by
emailing our office at email@example.com or calling
us at 1-800-884-1136.
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