With many communities in ruins around New York from Superstorm Sandy’s damage last month, retailers are offering their help to residents. Local grocery retailers, in conjunction with vendors and other partners, have launched activities to help towards these efforts.
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) is one of the local grocery chains that has begun these efforts. The chain has put focus on supporting its associates who were impacted by the hurricane. The grocer has several activities geared towards Sandy-related aid including donation of protein products, which it did together with Smithfield Foods, to the Food Bank of New York City and Long Island areas. They also carried a program enabling customers at their Food Emporium brand to donate supplies and food. While teaming up with Viacom, they have delivered 2,500 turkeys for the holiday of Thanksgiving.
Key Food Stores Cooperative Inc. is also involved in the aid giving. The grocery store has donated truckloads of water and food to help communities in the New York boroughs. The deliveries were made to Tottenville, Ne Dorp, Staten Island’s Midland Beach, Coney Island, Red Hook and Far Rockaway in Queens. These locations received canned and instant soup mixes, peanut butter, granola bars, canned pasta and stew, hot and cold cereal and water.
Key Food still has four of its store locations closed as a result of hurricane Sandy damage. The chain has 125 stores that are independently owned, with banners such as Holiday Farm, Food Dynasty, Key Fresh & Natural, Key Food, Milford Farms, Locust Valley and Key Food Marketplace that are located in the five New York City boroughs, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Upstate New York and Long Island.