Part of the Solution (POTS), located in the Bronx, counts itself lucky compared to many individuals and organizations that have been ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.
POTS was able to remain open during the storm (including Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) when many New Yorkers were struggling to find warmth, clothing and a hot meal. And while the hurricane wreaked the most havoc in areas like Coney Island, the Rockaways and Staten Island, POTS has seen a growing need from the community in the Bronx for essential services after the storm.
While there was a slight decrease in meals served in the Community Dining Room on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday during the actual storm, there were still over 1,200 meals served (in total) over the three days. However, since the aftermath of Sandy, over the past week POTS has seen historically high service figures. On Wednesday, October 31st, POTS served over 650 meals in the Community Dining Room. That figure represented an increase of 20% from the average meals served at this time last month.
Due to the generous support of Robin Hood donors, we were able to make an emergency grant from our Relief Fund to POTS that will help them meet the increased demand for food and services during this challenging time.