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.
Owning and operating a repack machine in a dedicated space is rare, and affords the food bank operations staff an opportunity to rethink their business model from solely a distribution organization to a processing and distributing facility.
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.
Ten years ago, we achieved the highest level of teamwork that I had ever seen. It was during that time that Hurricane Katrina, once a Category 5 hurricane, had stalled on its projected turn to the Florida panhandle and targeted the coastal areas in Mississippi and Louisiana.