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New York City To Distribute More Than 17,500 Thanksgiving Dinners To Families Impacted By Sandy

Families affected by Superstorm Sandy receive a hot lunch on Nov. 8, 2012 in Brooklyn. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Families affected by Superstorm Sandy receive a hot lunch on Nov. 8, 2012 in Brooklyn. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - New York City is coordinating the distribution of about 26,500 Thanksgiving meals for residents most affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Turkey dinners will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the city’s prepared food distribution sites.

Meals also were being given out Wednesday.

The efforts are getting a boost from the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. They also are getting a hand from local elected officials, community and culinary groups, religious organizations and supermarkets.

Thanksgiving meals prepared by Whitson’s Culinary Group will be distributed at the following sites from 11 AM – 3 PM on Thursday:

Brooklyn

  • MCU Park (Coney Island) (Parking Lot): 1904 Surf Avenue (@ West 19th Street)
  • Fine Fare Supermarket (Coney Island) (Parking Lot): 2901 Mermaid Avenue (@W29th)
  • Searise Houses (Coney Island) (Courtyard): Neptune Avenue and 37th Streets

Queens (Rockaways):

  • Waldbaum’s (Parking Lot): 112-15 Beach Channel Drive (@ Beach 112 Street)
  • Thriftway Mall (Parking Lot): 20-52 Mott Street (btw. 20th & 21st Streets)
  • Key Food (Parking Lot): 87-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd. (btw. Beach 87th & 88th Streets)

The Mayor’s Office is working with community organizations in impacted areas to host Thanksgiving dinners, with support from the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City at the following locations:

Wednesday Dinners

  • Brooklyn – Miccio Community Center in Red Hook with a food donation from Fairway Market
  • Staten Island – The Vanderbilt at South Beach in partnership with Borough President James Molinaro and with support from the Stephen Siller Foundation and the Mannix Family of ShopRite
  • Staten Island – The Excelsior Grand in partnership with Borough President James Molinaro and with support from the Stephen Siller Foundation and the Mannix Family of ShopRite
  • Staten Island – The Grand Oaks Country Club in partnership with Borough President Molinaro and with support from the Stephen Siller Foundation and the Mannix Family of ShopRite

Thursday Dinners

  • Brooklyn – El Caribe in Mill Basin on Thursday evening in partnership with Councilman Dominic Recchia. Transportation will be provided from the MCU parking lot in Coney Island.
  • Brooklyn – Miccio Community Center in Red Hook with a food donation from Feeding NYC
  • Queens – Beach 41st Street Community Center with a food donation from Fairway Market
  • Queens – IS 53 in Far Rockaway in partnership with Councilman James Sanders
  • Queens – St. Francis de Sales Parish in Belle Harbor with support from the Stiller Foundation

The City is also providing assistance and support for additional Thanksgiving dinners at the following locations:

Wednesday Evening

  • Queens – Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach

Thursday Evening

  • Queens – St. Francis de Sales Parish in Belle Harbor
  • Queens – St. Helen’s Church in Howard Beach
  • Queens – Ocean Bay Community Center in Far Rockaway
  • Queens – Redfern Community Center in Far Rockaway
  • Staten Island – New Dorp High School
  • Staten Island – Pepper Jack Grill for Evacuees at the Mt. Manresa shelter
  • Staten Island – Baily Seaton Hospital Shelter

New York City with FEMA have distributed more than 2.7 million meals and nearly 700,000 bottles of water so far to people impacted by Sandy.

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