2013-05-24 / Community

Peapod And Family-To-Family Deliver

By Dan Guarino

A Broad Channel family receives grocery stocked Comforts of Home boxes provided by Peapod and Family-To- Family. A Broad Channel family receives grocery stocked Comforts of Home boxes provided by Peapod and Family-To- Family. Through their Comforts Of Home campaign, the non-profit Family-to-Family organization along with online grocery service Peapod have already raised enough funds to provide more than 1,000 boxes of needed grocery staples to Hurricane Sandy-affected families.

On Saturday, May 11th, 200 boxes, stocked with approximately $12,000 worth of food items, were delivered to the Rockaway Revival Center Church in Far Rockaway for distribution to families who have been living in hotels.

Food items were also delivered to needy families in other areas, including Broad Channel.

Through the Family-to-Family website donors from across the country can click, order and donate a “Comforts of Home Welcome Home Box” to families in need.

For a $62 donation, care packages are filled with basic food essentials for selected hurricane-affected families in, the Rockaways and Broad Channel, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan and Ocean County, New Jersey.

Peapod by Stop & Shop fills the orders and delivers the groceries to each recipient’s home. In addition, they have donated a matching box of food for the first 200 bought by donors and have waived all delivery fees.

“It’s been six months since the hurricane hit and many families are still struggling, financially and emotionally, to put the broken pieces of their lives back together,” says Pam Koner, Founder and Executive Director of Family-to-Family.

Funded by a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation, the effort is aimed at bringing the comforts of home, the aromas, and the tastes back into the lives of the hardest hit Sandy families, as well as ease the financial burden of replacing costly grocery staples.

Boxes include items like flour, sugar, herbs and spices, olive oil, oatmeal, breadcrumbs, peanut butter and jelly, black beans, rice, pasta, cereal and condiments.

Recipient families can also choose from three food types: regular, low-sodium or diabetic.

Said Peg Merzbacher, Director of Marketing for Peapod., “The kitchen – and the food in it – is the centerpiece and heart of every home, so it’s so important that we are able to help families affected by Sandy rebuild with these essentials.”

Donors can also purchase a second box (also for $62) for the family they’re helping – a “Clean-up Box” – filled with household cleaning supplies including laundry detergent and bathroom and kitchen cleaners also supplied by Peapod.

Since the hurricane hit, Family-to- Family, a national hunger and poverty relief organization, has provided Hurricane Sandy victims with pillows, blankets, air mattresses, clothing, kitchen items, small appliances, holiday toys and dinners, space heaters, cleaning products, cell phones, children’s art therapy programs and more.

Interested parties may go to www.family-to-family.org/comforts-of-home-welcome-home-boxes-2/ to donate to the Comforts of Home program.

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