Paule Pachter, executive director of Long Island Cares, said the agency has been delivering thousands of pounds of water, drinks and food to the American Red Cross for the emergency shelters across Long Island.

More truckloads of donations, including water, cereal and other essentials, are expected to arrive by Saturday from food banks as far away as Texas and Georgia, Pachter said.

Pachter said his agency is accepting donations from the public, and the most crucial need now is for diapers and baby formula that will be delivered to emergency shelters.

The agency has locations in Hauppauge and Freeport, and the public can call 631-582-FOOD or contact the agency via Facebook at

The Hauppauge warehouse is operating on generator power, and the agency's regular website is down.