Right now, a truck carrying more than 20,000 pounds of food is headed to New York to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

WDBJ7's Joe Dashiell is in Hauppauge on Long Island. That's about 50 miles east of New York City

The food and water that many of you donated more than a week ago will eventually be going to a distribution center here.

Your donations were loaded into a trailer around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon at the Feeding America warehouse in Salem. Then the truck hit the road to begin its 500 mile journey.

This is the first of two shipments heading to the Northeast.

"We're going to be sending about 20,000 (pounds) today and then about 10,000 will stay here to help our neighbors right here in Southwest Virginia and then we have another 10,000 that will be on standby,” Amy Milberger of Feeding America Southwest Virginia said.

These donations headed out Monday will provide more than 100,000 meals in New York.

Employees at the food bank say it is perfect timing considering Thanksgiving is on Thursday.


More than 20,000 pounds of food will soon be on the road and headed to New York.

WDBJ7 crews are already on the way.

After the Home and Away Food Drive last week, your donations will be delivered Monday.

The trucks are at Feeding America Southwest Virginia, which is in Salem. As of noon Monday the trucks haven’t left yet.

WDBJ7's Joe Dashiell and Andy May left the digital broadcast center at 7 a.m. Monday morning.

Our crews and the food are headed to New York. All the donations will go to a distribution center in Hauppauge.

That's an area about 50 miles east of New York City that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

In the truck there are 26 pallets of food with 24 boxes on each pallet. That's a total of 624 boxes.

There's also another 10,000 pounds of food on standby, and that will be distributed once it's needed.

At noon Monday, our crew was in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

If traffic cooperates, they hope to reach that area in time for our 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts Monday night.