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Bringing cheer and hot meals to Sandy victims in Staten Island

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NYPD Officer Cornelia Samuels compliments volunteers Robert Servis and David Lauer, right, on the roasted red pepper soup they served from their outdoor kitchen on the corner of Brighton Street and Billup Avenue in Staten Island on Thursday morning.

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A stockpile of donated supplies is covered in snow after a nor'easter at the Movementforpeace.org outdoor kitchen in Staten Island on Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Volunteers Robert Servis and David Lauer prepare a roasted red pepper soup they served from their outdoor kitchen in Staten Island on Thursday morning.

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Volunteers Robert Servis and David Lauer, right, prepare soup at their outdoor kitchen in Staten Island on Thursday morning.

John Makely / NBC News

A stockpile of donated supplies at the Movementforpeace.org outdoor kitchen in Staten Island, Thursday, Nov. 8.

In a Staten Island neighborhood that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, many survivors are still homeless or without heat and electricity, but they've been eating well. Chicken parmesan subs, mac and cheese, baked ziti and roasted red pepper soup.  While it sounds like a restaurant menu, these are just a few of the items that have been served from an outdoor kitchen on Brighton Street in Staten Island by two volunteers with Movement for Peace.

"Oh, the beef and cabbage soup with red wine was something else," said neighbor Dom Yanchunas who lives across the street. Ed Cardona, who lives a couple of doors down from the kitchen said, "these guys have been fantastic… around the clock!"

 David Lauer, a trained cook, and Robert Servis, President of the charity, drove from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and set up camp on Friday, distributing cleaning supplies, water, clothing and serving hot meals to residents, police, fire and sanitation workers in the area. On Wednesday, they served over 800 meals.

"We're trying to serve high protein, high-carb sandwiches and soups… just trying to do whatever we can to help out," said Servis.

The volunteers will likely move their kitchen to the Midland Beach area on Friday.

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