At Cisco, we focus our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) work on specific areas, one of which is critical human needs. Or, more simply, food, water, shelter, and disaster relief.

A lot of the nonprofits we have partnered with over the years in this area, such as food banks and disaster response agencies, have been working round-the-clock dealing with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Consider this a “shout out” to those organizations that are doing so much for those affected, whether in New York and New Jersey or the Caribbean. We will tell you how Cisco is supporting the relief effort in a future blog post.

The American Red Cross distributes food in New JerseyMariuxi Chicoaiiza and her son grabbed a hot lunch from the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle in Moonachie, NJ
Photo: Julie Daigle/American Red Cross


Here are just a few examples:

  • In Haiti, where heavy rain left 52 people dead, CARE International is delivering clean water, hygiene supplies, and more to some of the worst-affected communities.
  • Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief charity, has distributed 150 truckloads of food and grocery items to food banks supporting Sandy disaster relief efforts.
  • The American Red Cross has mobilized more than 5,700 disaster workers and hundreds of vehicles to provide more than 127,000 shelter stays, serve millions of meals, and  hand out over 272,000 relief items.
  • Save the Children is working in shelters in New York and New Jersey, providing child friendly spaces and distributing nutritious food items, baby blankets, clothing and hygiene supplies.

See a complete list of Cisco’s partners in critical human needs partners.

If you want to help Sandy victims, please check out the following resources:

Aidmatrix: Best Ways to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

Huffington Post: 10 Tips for Donating Smart


Alexis Raymond

Senior Manager

Chief Sustainability Office