The deli operated with their gas oven and delivered a number of free meals for residents following the storm.
Story and photos by Nicole Murphy.
Levittown resident Rich DeSantis takes pride in his business and his
hometown. When DeSantis saw Levittown residents struggling after
Superstorm Sandy, he used his own setbacks as a way to give back to his
of East Village Green Deli
, DeSantis lost thousands of dollars worth of
food and potential sales when Superstorm Sandy knocked out power for 12
days. Luckily for DeSantis and more than 30 local families, the deli
operates with a gas oven and the staff was able to open each morning for
cook with gas, so we were able to open and make egg sandwiches and some
hot food," said
DeSantis, a graduate of Division Avenue High School. "With no power, we
were losing a lot of meat. To avoid losing more, we cooked everything
that we could and sent the food to different customers that we knew
could use it."
The deli delivered a bunch of free meals to customers and also gave out food and items in the store that would have went bad. DeSantis said he felt privileged to be able to help his community through the
storm and the response was well worth the hard work.
lived here since 1960 and I've never seen anything like this," DeSantis
explained. "It was devastating and I couldn't stand by and let people
go without a meal. I offered what I could give."
was just me and one other guy in here cooking," he added. "It was so
cold and we had no lights, but we had flashlights and we stood by the
grill to keep warm. When we delivered the meals, the families thought it
was just great. They were so happy and joyful
to have it."
to DeSantis, the deli regained power on Nov. 9 and his been operating
with regular business hours ever since. The aftermath of Sandy cost them
nearly $14,000 in lost sales as well as $20,000 in product that had to
be thrown away, but DeSantis said he's confident they will recover just
East Village Green Deli, located at 6 East Village Grn., will be open Thanksgiving Day from 7 a.m. until
2 p.m. fully equipped with Thanksgiving meals including turkey, side
dishes and an assortment of pies. Orders can be placed in advanced over
the phone or in-person. Call (516) 796-1234 for more info. Get all the news and information you love in one
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