Disaster-Relief Packs are Ready and Waiting

Disaster Boxes provided by Abbott
August 18, 2015
by Jerod Matthews

Residents along the eastern and southern coastlines know it’s never too early to prepare for hurricane season. With the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaching in a couple of weeks, the reminder to be at-the-ready is felt even more.

A few months ago, 50 Abbott, VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) and food bank volunteers gathered at Feeding America-member Second Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans to do just that – sort, pack, label and stack – compiling 1,200 disaster-relief packs designed to fill the gap for victims of disaster until traditional relief is made available.

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.

Packs were pre-positioned in five Feeding America food banks throughout Louisiana.

Proving the value of preparedness, recently widespread flooding in Texas impacted millions of area residents. Thirteen Feeding America food banks had counties within their service area that were declared a state of disaster. In quick response, Feeding America immediately sent a separate shipment of 1,200 disaster packs, food donations and cleaning products to Texas food banks to assist in their outreach efforts. 

Jerrod Matthews* Jerod Matthews is the sr. account manager for manufacturing sourcing for Feeding America and brings 20 years or experience within the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry to develop and implement business solutions and donor strategies for Feeding America partners.

Tags: Fighting Hunger in Action , Disaster Response , Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana , Abbott

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