Even though a new ShopRite supermarket planned on Black Rock Turnpike has yet to open, traffic at the site has been heavy since Tropical Storm Irene swept through town over the weekend.

That's because the Fairfield Police Department has brought is mobile command center to the shopping center at 1975 Black Rock Turnpike, distributing ice, water, fresh fruit, snacks and emergency meals to residents still coping with the storm's impact.

A long line of cars on Wednesday moved between the department's nearly 24-foot-long command unit and six palettes of water donated by FEMA for distribution. The supplies are rationed on the basis of a household's size.

By noontime Wednesday, police said. more than 120 cars passed through the distribution center. Over 600 bags of ice and 144 cases of water were given out, as well as bags of food to those in need.

"We really do appreciate it," said Dori Wheeler, a Hillbrook Lane resident who showed up at the distribution site Wednesday morning with her husband, Peter.

Asked how she's been coping without power since the weekend, Dori said, "You make it an adventure if you can."

"You just have to camp out," added Peter.

In addition to food and water, residents are also provided flashlights, updates on the progress on repairing power outages, and sites in town open for those who want to take a shower.

ShoprRite owner Dominick Cingari -- whose Fairfield market is expected to open sometime in September -- arranged with his ice supplier to supply 600 bags for the distribution point. Some of the ice stays in a cooler in the command unit and more is carted out for distribution as needed.

Other local businesses providing food for volunteers and officers at the distribution center are Prizio's on Kings Highway Cutoff and Fairfield Pizza at Staples Plaza.

"People appreciate what you're doing," police Sgt. Robert Kalamaras said of the relief efforts.

Galloping Hill Road resident Kate Managan, who asked for supplies for a family of six, the youngest of whom is a 10-year-old, said she heard of the relief program from a neighbor. She got more than she expected when she arrived at the command post Wednesday.

"I was so surprised," she said. "I really just wanted ice, but I get all this other stuff, which is so nice."

Sgt. Suzanne Lussier, a police spokeswoman, said the community will be supplied resources "as long as we have them."

Donations of water and non-perishable food for distribution at the command center are welcome.

Other local relief efforts coordinated by the town and local businesses include assistance for residents of the Parish Court senior citizens' housing complex, where power has been out for several days. The help has included delivery of fresh produce, water, ice, flashlights, providing residents rides to go food shopping, and coffee donated by Chris D'Ambrosio, owner of Donut Inn.