Morris Grilled Cheese distribution in Rockaway
Morris Grilled Cheese distribution in Rockaway

As a New York-based company, Shutterstock experienced Hurricane Sandy on a very personal level. We knew we wanted to get involved in the recovery effort and give back to our community, so we turned to our friends New York City Food Truck Association and Morris Grilled Cheese. With their support, Shutterstock will deliver more than 1,500 meals to people in need over the next three days.

Grilled cheese sandwiches ready for toasting!
Grilled cheese sandwiches ready for toasting!

The destruction from this superstorm is nearly unimaginable. Rockaway, home to some of the New York communities hit hardest by Sandy, still has no power and has a long road to recovery. Morris Cheese Truck team members Chris, Mona and Kenan are helping us feed everyone from the elderly to young families to police officers. While most expressed a sense of unity, optimism and gratitude, it was impossible to ignore the fact many of these New York residents are still without basic comforts such as warm food and shelter. We hope that the photos in this post shed some light on the tragic state of one of the many communities affected by the storm, and encourage you to get involved in the relief effort.

Boat blocking the street in Rockaway.
Boat blocking the street in Rockaway.
Traffic directed without streetlights.
Traffic directed without streetlights.
Donated clothing soaked from Nor'easter.
Donated clothing soaked from Nor’easter.
Tons of debris piles up in an open lot near Jacob Riis Park.
Tons of debris piles up in an open lot near Jacob Riis Park.

It is obvious that there is so still much work to be done and that so many people in the northeast need our help. Day 1 of our relief effort was a success, but sponsoring a local food truck for three days is just the start for Shutterstock. We will also be organizing teams of Shutterstock employees to help with additional efforts over the next several weeks. To get involved and a lend a hand to those in need, you can donate to Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Campaigns on indiegogo.

Shutterstock team handing out hot meals from the Morris Grilled Cheese truck.
Shutterstock team handing out hot meals from the Morris Grilled Cheese truck.
Day 1 of the Charity Mission Accomplished! Inside the Morris Grilled Cheese Food Truck
Day 1 of the Charity Mission Accomplished! Inside the Morris Grilled Cheese Food Truck