Four of the states hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey, will receive a quarter of a million dollars from the AT&T Foundation. Folks in the region who have contracts with the communications company will also receive some perks to help them make it through a difficult time.
The money will go to the following six organizations:
- The Community Food Bank of New Jersey received $100,000 from AT&T. The food bank serves over 1,500 organizations in New Jersey, including soup kitchens, childcare programs, and emergency food pantries. By their own estimation, they distribute nearly 40 million pounds of food in New Jersey each year. Since they incorporated in 1982, they have given away nearly a billion dollars worth of sustenance to New Jersey residents.
- The 29-year-old Foodbank of NYC, who received $50,000 from AT&T, serves about 400,000 free meals a day through out the five boroughs. Cookshop, a state-funded nutrition education program operated under the NYC Foodbank's roof, is estimated to reach about 30,000 people.
- AT&T gave $50,000 to Long Island Cares, one of the area's largest and most diversified organizations fighting hunger. Annually, the organization delivers an estimated 6 million pounds of food to area residents.
- $25,000 went to the Connecticut chapter of The American Red Cross. They service nearly 3.5 million people in the state.
- Rhode Island's Johnny Cake Center in Westerly received $15,000 from AT&T. The Center provides basic amenities to people in the area who do not qualify for aid through the state but require it nonetheless. They run a food pantry which families may attend once a month in order to receive enough basic groceries to provide three meals a day for an entire week for each family member. An affiliated thrift store also provides clothing, free of charge, to area residents who need it.
- The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Rhode Island, which provides health, housing, nutrition and senior services, received $10,000.
In addition to the quarter million for hunger organizations, AT&T is also giving their customers a break on their cell phone bills. AT&T announced that folks who haven't made their bills in the early part of November will continue to receive service on their phone up until the 8th of this month. They have also authorized free in-store phone charging at locations in areas through which Hurricane Sandy has passed.