President Obama was on the ground for only a few hours on Thursday in New York, where he surveyed the destruction left behind by Hurricane Sandy.
Soon after Obama departed NYC, NBC NY reported the “heartbreaking” scenes of East Side and East Village residents “dumpster diving outside a Key Food supermarket” looking for intact cans of food discarded by insensitive grocery store workers.
“People are dumpster diving… and what they’re going after is the food,” said NBC 4 New York’s Jonathan Vigliotti. “They are literally picking through [the dumpster] for whatever they can take home,” said the shocked reporter.
Vigliotti described the “unbelievable” scene unfolding before him as families with children, and even the elderly, picked through the trash for food.
The Red Cross, the National Guard, and the Obama administration are being criticized by local government officials and residents for their slow response to the natural disaster.
“This is America, not a third world nation. We need food, we need clothing,” Staten Island Borough President Jim Molinaro said today. “My advice to the people of Staten Island is: Don’t donate the American Red Cross. Put their money elsewhere.”
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