It’s been three months since Superstorm Sandy struck the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. in late October, impacting millions of people, and causing destruction throughout a 900 square mile area. Total economic losses from Sandy are estimated to be $50 billion by global reinsurance firm Munich Re. Relief efforts will continue for many months to come.
New Leaf customers donated $7,295 at the cash register, and New Leaf made a contribution to bring the total donation to $10,000. The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, two of the areas hit hardest in New Jersey, and the American Red Cross will each receive $5,000.
“The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties distributed over 1 million pounds of food in the first month after Hurricane Sandy,” said Carlos M. Rodriguez, executive director of The FoodBank. “This generous donation from New Leaf Community Markets will allow us to continue our efforts to assist the thousands of families who face an uncertain future due to the loss of their homes, jobs and possessions.”
New Leaf’s contribution to the American Red Cross will support efforts to help hurricane victims rebuild their lives by providing food, shelter, and comfort, and connecting victims with social services support. Over the last three months, the Red Cross has given out 10 million meals and snacks, and ten million supplies.