Editor's note- This story was updated at 12:10 p.m.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced Friday efforts by the county, agencies and non-profits toward distributing food and drinks to thousands of residents impacted by the damage related to Hurricane Sandy, including in Wantagh and Seaford.
Mangano said that Island Harvest will distribute up sandwiches and drinks today to residents in Seaford through a Mobile Distribution Center. The Mineola-based hunger-relief organization is distributing 20,000 sandwiches and drinks throughout neighborhoods in Seaford, Massapequa, Island Park and Freeport.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has set up Points of Distribution (PODs) throughout Nassau County including Newbridge Road Park on 2600 S. Newbridge Road in Bellmore. FEMA had previously planned on POD sites in Wantagh and Seaford but Mangano issued a release just after noon announcing the agency's revised locations.
The American Red Cross has opened six feeding sites on Long Island including one at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford. Red Cross workers will be at Cedar Creek Park off of Merrick Road Friday distributing water, snacks and personal hygiene comfort kits from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for dinner. The site is also expected to be in operation this weekend.
“Hurricane Sandy has deprived many of us of the most essential things in life—food, water and shelter,” Mangano said in a statement. “We are cooperating with multiple federal, state and local agencies and not-for-profits to deliver these essentials to our neighbors.”