As board chair for the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation, I began making calls to make sure that food banks were accepting donations from individuals of shelf-stable allergen-friendly foods, as well as palettes from manufacturers.
I spoke with Elana at the Long Island Cares food bank and she told me there are seven food banks in New York. (Many thanks to fellow NYC gluten-free blogger Erin Smith who was first on the scene to call Elana with gluten-free needs). There are three in NYC and the five boroughs and I listed those in my previous post here. I asked her if there was anywhere on Staten Island where people could send donations of allergen-friendly food, and she directed me to the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR). I called this morning and spoke to a woman named Faye. By the end of the day, Faye had single-handedly arranged for a Shop Rite in New Dorp to accept donations from individuals and food manufacturers, and also allow people in need to pick up from their location.
You may have seen the pictures of New Dorp, Staten Island on the national news. They were devastated.
Rich Phillips, the manager of the Shop Rite store on Hylan Blvd near New Dorp High, agreed to take this on with the approval of the owner and I spoke to him personally. It’s people like Faye and Rich who restore my faith in humanity and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
Ship donations individual boxes or palettes, if you are a food manufacturer (please call Rich first) of shelf-stable allergen-friendly food to:
2424 HYLAN BLVD.
STATEN ISLAND, NY 10306