April 30, 2014

During the last few days, strong winds, large hail, and more than 60 tornados have caused widespread damage across the Midwest, Southeast, and Mid-South. The storms hit communities in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.

In response, the Feeding America Disaster Services team is working with local member food banks to supply residents in those communities with emergency-relief food, water, and groceries.

Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, providing food and groceries to low-income Americans through a network of more than 200 food banks. When a disaster strikes, Feeding America is also one of the first organizations to respond. The network of food banks provides emergency food and supplies through shelters and programs operated by the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and other disaster-relief organizations. Our food banks work to provide long-term disaster assistance to support the recovery of families and communities in the weeks and months following a disaster.

Thus far, the Feeding America network has mobilized to move water and handheld snacks to food banks in the areas where the storms hit. The organization will continue to monitor the situation and will move additional product as it is needed.

Feeding America's thoughts are with those who lost their lives, lost their homes or businesses, and all who were affected by these tragic and heedless disasters.

The following Feeding America food banks are engaged in relief efforts in their service areas due to severe weather this week:

  • Arkansas Food Bank
  • Community Food Bank of Central Alabama
  • Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
  • Food Bank of North Alabama
  • Kansas Food Bank
  • Mid-South Food Bank (Tennessee)
  • The Food Bank of the Albemarle (North Carolina)
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Feeding America's prepares for disasters by pre-staging relief water, food items, and grocery products throughout the nation. Feeding America will remain active in relief efforts with other leading disaster partners in providing service.

To learn more about Feeding America's efforts, or to make a financial donation, visit www.feedingamerica.org.


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