WFUV is proud to support local Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts by partnering with WhyHunger. A portion of the proceeds from The Holiday Cheer for FUV benefit concert on December 5th was donated, as well as $1 from each contribution $50 and over during our year-end fund drive. We could not be more proud about being able to help our neighbors through a charity that is close to our hearts -- WFUV DJs such as Pete Fornatale, Dennis Elsas and Vin Scelsa have worked to support their efforts in the past to fight hunger locally, nationally and throughout the world, and we're proud to carry the tradition forward.
As an organization based in the heart of New York City, the effects of Hurricane Sandy hit close to home for WhyHunger. Many of their supporters, volunteers, staff and partners have struggled with power outages, flooding, property damage and worse. They have been working tirelessly to support their longtime partners on the front lines, providing food, water and critical services to their neighbors and continuing the work of long-term recovery in their communities.
WhyHunger’s National Hunger Hotline (1-866-3-HUNGRY) is fielding calls from hundreds of families affected by the storm, connecting them with emergency food assistance, government programs, and support in their communities to ensure they get the resources they need for today and the support to get back on their feet for tomorrow.
Some of the local efforts they are partnering with include:
The Center for Food Action, New Jersey:
CFA has been working with individuals and families in crisis for more than 26 years to prevent hunger and homelessness in Bergen and Passaic counties. From their 5 sites, CFA provides emergency food, referrals, counseling, and rent and utility assistance for neighbors in need. Their Statewide Emergency Food and Anti-Hunger Network (SEFAN) is a network of 1,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and social agencies for whom they provide information on pantry management, nutrition, client assistance and advocacy. They also are the leading anti-hunger advocates at state and federal levels. [cfanj.org]
Long Island Cares, Hauppauge, New York:
As one of the region's most comprehensive hunger action organizations, Long Island Cares provides emergency food where and when it is needed, sponsors community outreach programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency, and educates the general public about the causes and consequences of hunger on Long Island. [licares.org]
Added Value, Red Hook, Brooklyn, USA:
Through the almost 3-acre Red Hook Community Farm, Added Value provides healthy, affordable food to a neighborhood in need, as well as farm-based learning for 1,300 kids annually, and job training and employment for local teens. Devastated after Hurricane Sandy, WhyHunger is working to help the farm and community rebuild. [added-value.org]
Your ticket for Holiday Cheer can help support these important local organizations now. Then stop by the WhyHunger table at the show on December 5th to learn more about local, national and international outreach. And of course you can find more information at whyhunger.org.