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National Guard Delivers 1 Million Meals To Parts Of New York City Struggling After Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The National Guard delivered one million meals and bottled water to New Yorkers affected by superstorm Sandy.

The deliveries were made to parts of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, including the Rockaways.

"After days without power, the most immediate need for many New Yorkers is food and water and the state is working aggressively to address this need." said Cuomo. "New York state will continue to deploy all our resources in response to Hurricane Sandy and adjust to the needs and concerns of New Yorkers so that we can ensure a safe and speedy recovery."

The first plane carrying supplies arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday morning.

National Guardsman, the Red Cross, the NYPD and dozens of volunteers set up distribution centers and went door-to-door delivering about 30 tractor-trailers worth of food and water.

The centers will be open on Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The centers are at the following locations:


Conch Playground – 51st Street & Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Hammel Playground – 84th Street & Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Red Fern House Playground – Redfern Avenue & Beach 12th Street

Hallets Cove – Vernon Blvd & 30th Road


Coney Island
Surf Island Playground – West 25th Street & Surf Avenue

Red Hook
Coffey Park – 85 Richards Street


Chelsea Park – West 27th Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues

Lower East Side
Vladic Playground – East 10th Street, between C & D Avenues
Al  Smith Playground – Catherine Street, between Cherry & Monroe Streets
Hamilton Fish – Pitt Street & East Houston Street

Grand Street Settlement Houses – 413 Grand Street
Confucius Plaza on Division Street

Staten Island:
Parking Lot – corner of Mill Road & New Dorp Lane
Empty Lot – corner of Yetman and Ylon Boulevard

For additional food distribution resources, click here.

Millions in the Tri-State area have been without power since Sandy hit.

EXTRA: Tri-State Power Outage Information

On Thursday morning, Con Ed was reporting about 675,000 outages in New York City and Westchester County.

"This storm really hit us at a severity that was not seen before," Con Ed spokesperson Alfonso Quiroz said. "It snapped trees like twigs, it brought down power lines and overhead poles."

The utility was hoping to restore the vast majority of service by next weekend.

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