Through all of this, I can’t help but think about the fine line between having enough and going hungry. Of people affected, some were already food insecure, some may have never been and many were probably in the middle – able to provide for their daily needs but not for the financial impact of disaster.
The damage done to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank (GBRFB) was unprecedented, and it occurred at a time when its community needed it most. Its recovery was made possible, in part, because GBRFB had incredible support from the power of the Feeding America network to help it recover quickly enough to take immediate action.
On any given day, UMCOR volunteers from as far away as Michigan, California and Maine can be found packing relief kits for shipment to war-torn countries, installing handicap ramps at local homes, reading to schoolchildren, and cleaning apartments for the elderly in Baldwin, pop. 2,375.
Filled with non-perishable food such as protein bars and bottles of protein drinks, each pack meets one family’s nutritional need up to three days and serves as a first wave of relief after a disaster occurs.