Three New York businesswomen formed a group they dubbed "Thankful to Be Giving,” which took over the coordination of the food relief Fairway had initiated and did what was necessary to bring Thanksgiving dinner to as many area hurricane victims at they could.
Thankful to Be Giving recruited 200 local volunteers of all ages to help serve the holiday dinners.
The Thankful to Be Giving group organized the volunteers and the supplies. Fairway donated the food, with U.S. Food Services providing turkeys; Hershey Entertainment, Hershey, Pa., prepared the food; and Northeast Transport brought the refrigerated meals to community center locations designated by the organizing group.
Thanks to the group’s monumental effort, more than 4,650 hurricane victims in the New York boroughs were served a traditional, full-course, Thanksgiving dinner.
Fairway also partnered with White Rose and Thankful to Be Giving to assemble 1,500 “family food packs” which were distributed to victims in the hard-hit Far Rockaway neighborhood.
All of this community work is going on while Fairway is accelerating the renovation of its storm-damaged Red Hook store, expecting to get it reopened by mid-March.