Distributors on the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market are helping Hurricane Sandy victims.

Philadelphia terminal market helps Hurricane Sandy victimsThe market collected a full trailer of nonperishable goods Nov. 17 to assist those living in a “war zone” after the storm devastated portions of New Jersey and New York and left many displaced, said Tad Thompson, the market’s business development manager.

The market contributed to four trailer loads of goods collected by workers at the Gloucester Marine Terminal in Gloucester City, N.J., and at the Port of Wilmington in Wilmington, Del.

The goods were donated to the Salvation Army in Vineland, N.J., and the Ocean County Hunger Relief program that supports Monmouth County.

“The effort was very important because so many thousands of people are suffering from Hurricane Sandy,” Thompson said. “What we were able to send to help victims in New Jersey is a drop in the bucket compared to total needs, but at least it’s something that will help quite a few dozens, or perhaps hundreds of families.”

Thompson, who helped load the goods, said observers tell him that the depth of destruction in the Jersey Shore region isn’t accurately portrayed by television news.

He said displaced families were transported from shelters to tent cities where they plan to live indefinitely.

“It’s heart-wrenching to hear this but our efforts will bring some much needed relief to those that have been affected,” Thompson said.