Clean up efforts in Far Rockaway continue and lives are still far from normal. Many are living without heat and hot meals even one month after the storm.
However, among the Red Cross and other organizations there is another group who have been present in the hardest hit areas from day one. A group of 25 food trucks mobilized by the New York City Food Truck Association has handed out more than 250,000 hot, tasty mouthwatering meals
“These are people who really need the food, so I’m happy to be here and to be a small part of it in a small way,” said Austin Popins of Coolhaus.
Each truck is equipped daily to hand out 500 meals. Usually setting up near a FEMA or community distribution center, they rotate, going to different locations nearly every day.
The New York City Food Truck Association started efforts on their own initially, but on November 6th the Mayor’s Fun, a not-for-profit organization spearheaded by the city, stepped up and sponsored the trucks monetarily. The assistance even helped the group better position themselves in the neighborhoods that needed help most.
Due to safety concerns, the trucks usually operate until 4 p.m.
As for how long they will continue their efforts, they say for as long as they are needed.