The Red Cross had not yet opened the three temporary mobile kitchens that it announced on Thursday would be set up on Staten Island, in Riis Park in the Rockaways, and at the Aqueduct racetrack in Queens, the agency confirmed. The kitchens, which can produce 10,000 meals a day, would begin operating by Saturday, it said.
The organization’s response to Hurricane Sandy came under fire from public officials and volunteers, beginning with a televised tirade on Thursday by James P. Molinaro, the Staten Island borough president; he called the agency’s apparent absence from the relief effort an “absolute disgrace” and called on residents to stop donating money to the Red Cross.
Mr. Molinaro described visiting a shelter and seeing people arriving barefoot.
“They were in desperate need,” he said. “Their housing was destroyed. They were crying. Where was the Red Cross? Isn’t that their function?”