Across the Feeding America network of food banks, people are coming together to provide relief for those in need.
Updated September 8, 2017
Feeding America President Matt Knott returned this week from Texas. He tells us, “the resilience demonstrated in Houston and Beaumont is truly remarkable, and both food bank teams feel a great sense of support … as resources pour into their communities from all across the country.”
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We are floored by the outpouring of generosity and are grateful to be able to help our neighbors in Texas, and we will continue to work closely with the food banks in Texas to help the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Now, we are also turning our attention to Hurricane Irma — one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. We are working with Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico — and luckily, this food bank’s facilities were largely undamaged by the storm. As Hurricane Irma nears the U.S. mainland, food banks across the southeast — including those in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina — are busy preparing to help their communities. Forecasters expect the storm to hit this weekend, and we will have more updates as they come. In the meantime, please consider donating to our disaster relief fund — your gift today helps us know that we will be ready for whatever disaster strikes.
At Feeding America, we are committed to helping our neighbors in need — especially when they need it the most. Tropical Storm Harvey is now being classified as the most extreme rain event in U.S. history. More than 50 inches of rain have overwhelmed communities across Texas and the storm is now moving through Louisiana.
When disasters of this magnitude strike, our goal is to take care of as many people as we can as quickly as we can. And for Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks that means making sure people have food, water and other basic necessities — so that in the face of such devastation, families don’t have to worry about whether they’ll have enough to eat.
The food banks in Texas immediately mobilized to help their communities. Read on for updates from the ground, and to lend support to an individual food bank, click the food bank’s name.
Feeding America is supporting all the food banks through helping provide meals and relief supplies to Texas. So far we have sent more than 2 million pounds of food and supplies to communities in need, including more than 350,000 pounds of fresh produce. Food banks across the country are also contributing food, vehicles, staff and other resources to the recovery effort. Nearly 900,000 pounds of food, cleaning supplies, water and personal care items are in the process of being shipped to impacted areas from other food banks.
We are keeping our eyes fixed on the recovery effort, coordinating with food banks and partners, and raising support to help provide food and hope to people who have lost everything. We have staff on-the-ground to assess need and provide assistance.
Feeding America’s corporate partners also play a significant role in relief efforts helping to ensure food banks can respond quickly to people impacted by this disaster. Learn more about our disaster relief partners here »
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