July 5, 2012

Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization is in the midst of efforts to transport food, water, and other emergency supplies to many areas across the country hard-hit by recent natural disasters.

Floods have ravaged several states across the nation, from Minnesota and Wisconsin to West Virginia. Florida has been buffeted by tropic storms. Devastating wildfires have burned thousands of acres in Colorado. Much of the nation has been hit by a record-breaking heat wave, which has sent temperatures about 100 degrees in many states.

Hundreds of thousands of people are without electricity throughout much of the Eastern part of the United States. More than 500,000 people in West Virginia alone are without power.

"Many of our food banks are in the midst of Herculean efforts to provide food and water to thousands of people who have been displaced by storms, fires, and floodings throughout the United States. The very good news is that our network has rallied to help food banks in affected areas by providing them with food, water, and trained staff," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America."But more help is needed. We urge anyone and everyone who can help their neighbors to go to our Website www.feedingamerica.org to make a contribution, no matter how large or small."

The Feeding America site will direct interested donors to their local food bank, or to any food banks they specifically want to help.

"Our food banks throughout the affected regions are working closely with state and local emergency management agencies, as well as non-governmental partners in disaster relief and local social service agency partners, to identify the need for not only food but cleaning supplies, diapers and personal care products to help those affected."

Feeding America first became involved in disaster relief in 1989 following Hurricane Hugo and the Loma Pieta earthquake that struck San Francisco and the Central California Coast. Since then, Feeding America has taken an active role in recovery efforts following major disasters and is a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).


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