A steady stream of residents visited the Ventnor Education Complex Sunday for a free meal, an effort the school organized for people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Tables were piled with post-storm necessities like cleaning supplies, canned food items, clothes, blankets, sheets, pillows and coloring books and crayons.

Staff and teachers came at 10:30 a.m. to begin setting up and opened doors at 11a.m. Barely two hours later, all the cleaning and hygiene products were gone, and many were grabbing all they could of  the remaining items.

"It's really been hard," said Cathy Hartley, a resident of Ventnor Heights. " My house had 52 inches of rain, up to my waist."

Her two children, aged 15 and 17, were also affected by their current situation.

"My daughter is a senior and she's just so upset by what's going on, you know not being in our home and being out of school," Hartley said.

The event was first sent out as an all-call to staff, and then spread through Facebook, said Jennifer Holstrom, a guidance counselor at the middle school.

Students were seen with their families enjoying the warm meals, some of which was home cooked by staff and teachers.

A warm meal will also be provided tomorrow, Holstrom said, because the school will remain closed.

School is set to open on Nov. 12, said curriculum coach Alison Ricciotti.

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