Communities from Texas to Wisconsin were recently impacted by destructive tornadoes and flooding.

Tornado damage
May 18, 2017
by Allison Weber

The Feeding America network is helping families in communities that have been battered by severe weather across the Southern Plains and Great Lakes. According to the National Weather Service, 26 tornadoes were reported yesterday in Wisconsin, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas. EF2 tornadoes — which can have wind speeds up to 135 miles per hour — hit Elk City, Oklahoma and Chetek, Wisconsin, causing fatalities, injuries and widespread damage.

This isn’t the first bout of deadly storms to hit this region in recent weeks. Tornadoes and flooding in East Texas and Southeast Missouri have caused several deaths and created dangerous conditions in many communities. Fallen power lines, downed trees, damaged property and a host of other challenges have prompted evacuations and road closures in many areas, leaving people displaced and without access to the food and groceries they need.

To support impacted communities, Feeding America food banks are providing meals, cleaning supplies and other much-needed items through food pantries, meal programs and special food and grocery distributions. In collaboration with generous donors, nonprofit organizations and government entities, Feeding America food banks including Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Second Harvest Heartland and Southeast Missouri Food Bank are addressing unmet needs in the areas that have been hardest hit, some of which expect more severe weather in the coming days. Feeding America network members are also offering support to one another. For example, Houston Food Bank is helping Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma provide cleaning supplies to families in Elk City so they can clean up the tornado’s destruction and begin rebuilding their homes and businesses.

Want to help families affected by the severe weather? Visit Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Second Harvest Heartland and Southeast Missouri Food Bank and learn how you can contribute.

Tags: Hunger in the News , Disaster Response , Arkansas Food bank, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Second Harvest Heartland, Southeast Missouri Food Bank

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