Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief charity, and Abbott, the global health care company, today announced they will once again partner to pre-position disaster relief packs containing donated Abbott nutritional products at 23 food banks in preparation for the 2010 hurricane season.
Local food banks often serve an important role in providing immediate relief in communities impacted by hurricanes. This initiative is designed to provide food banks in at-risk areas with disaster relief packs that can be distributed directly to affected families. The food banks are located throughout the Southeastern United States and in Puerto Rico, and were selected based on their vulnerability to hurricanes, population coverage, and their capacity to assist in disaster response.
Volunteers from the participating food banks will turn more than 120 tons of Abbott-donated nutritional products into a total of 6,400 disaster relief packs, designed for various family sizes and age ranges. Together, the packages will be able to support approximately 20,000 people in the aftermath of a hurricane or other natural disaster.
"Feeding America has been at the forefront of disaster response for decades, helping to coordinate nationwide relief through effective distribution of food and grocery products," said Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America."Our strategic partnership with Abbott will enable us to do even more in the vital area of pre-positioning supplies. When disaster strikes this year, our member food banks in affected areas will be able to offer free nutritional products that families can utilize while rebuilding their lives, thanks to Abbott."
"It's critically important to help at-risk communities prepare for hurricane season," said Katherine Pickus, divisional vice president, Global Citizenship and Policy, Abbott. "Abbott's partnership with Feeding America is designed to get the right nutritional products in the right places – before a disaster strikes – to empower local food banks to provide a 'first wave' of immediate relief following a hurricane."
If the donated supplies are not needed for disaster relief this season, the participating food banks will combine them with their regular inventory, providing extra assistance to people struggling with hunger on an ongoing basis.
The Abbott disaster relief packs will be pre-staged at the following Feeding America member food banks:
Feeding America is now in its twentieth year of providing disaster relief services and was a significant player in response to recent hurricanes. During the past five years, the Feeding America network and our national corporate donors have provided more than 100 million pounds of emergency food and disaster relief supplies to individuals and families affected by disaster.
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