2013-11-01 / Community

Shore Soup Sure Delivers


Shore Soup Project, with some help from AmeriCares, is ready to more than double the amount of free, healthy meals they deliver to Rockaway residents each week. Photo courtesy of Shore Soup Project Shore Soup Project, with some help from AmeriCares, is ready to more than double the amount of free, healthy meals they deliver to Rockaway residents each week. Photo courtesy of Shore Soup Project The Shore Soup Project, providing healthy meals to Sandy survivors in the Rockaways is more than doubling the number of meals served with support from AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program.

Shore Soup Project, which makes fresh soups and salads from organic produce and delivers them door-to-door, is increasing the number of meals served from 200 weekly up to 500 with funding from AmeriCares.

The program began last November when Rockaway residents and small business owners Robyn Hillman-Harrigan and Lillian Gerson began handing out hot coffee and tea to neighbors cleaning up storm-damaged homes. The partners in a boardwalk food cart business then enlisted the help of volunteers to deliver meals first on foot and bicycles, and then via a food truck, to residents having difficulty accessing healthy foods. To date, 400 volunteers have delivered more than 50,000 meals.

“With the transportation system disrupted and two neighborhood grocery stores still closed, healthy food options are hard to come by in the Rockaways,” said Shore Soup Project Founder and Executive Director Robyn Hillman-Harrigan.“With all the stress of fighting insurance companies and cleaning up storm damage, we can give Sandy survivors one less worry each night with a wholesome meal to put on the table.”

Clients place their orders by phone and get up to a week’s worth of free meals delivered on Monday evenings. Most of the produce is donated by the Park Slope Food Co-op. The rest is purchased, donated directly from farms and gardens, or grown by volunteers in a garden in the community. Shore Soup Project will also use a portion of the $100,000 grant from AmeriCares to purchase seeds and tools to start a new community garden on city-owned property in Arverne.

“It’s hard to believe a year has passed when you are out in these storm-damaged neighborhoods and you meet residents still struggling to get their lives back together,” said Lindsay O’Brien, who oversees AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program. “With so many people still suffering in Sandy’s wake we are working to ensure survivors have access to medical care, counseling and other support services.”

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