Contrary to reports and tweets, the Fairway Market at the end of Van Brunt Street in Red Hook is not giving away perishable food removed during the store’s post-Sandy cleanup. Fairway’s parking lot is lined with food-laden shopping carts because the grocer has hired a third-party company to clean out the contents of its store, which has been flooded for the last two days. Employees of the disaster recovery services contractor are throwing the food away, and there is no public access. A security guard on site told us that approximately twenty people looking for free food have been turned away at the parking lot gates.
It may be perishable, but it may not be edible. Photo: Hugh Merwin