How We Respond to Disasters

When disaster strikes, Feeding America is on the ground and ready to provide food assistance and emergency supplies. Our extensive network of food banks reaches every county in every corner of our nation- making us uniquely prepared to respond in the event of a disaster.

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Preparedness - Develop collaborative disaster plans and stage emergency supplies. Response - Deliver emergency supplies. Recovery - Serve affected communities in the weeks, months and years to follow.


The Feeding America network positions emergency food supplies throughout the country to distribute quickly in the event of a disaster. We also establish and strengthen partnerships that provide access to equipment and supplies when needed. Through our day-to-day hunger-relief operations, we help low-income and at-risk populations who are disproportionately impacted by natural disasters.


During a disaster, Feeding America leverages our nationwide network—including 10 million square feet of warehouse space and 2,400 trucks that are used every day to bring food to people in need. These logistical solutions are repurposed for disaster relief when needed and are vital to delivering food, water, and supplies.


Feeding America remains rooted in communities long after other disaster organizations have moved on. Our member food banks are major contributors to long-term disaster recovery efforts.

Feeding America and our network of food banks delivered more than 100 million pounds of food, water, and supplies to devastated communities in 2017.

The 2017 hurricane season was one of the worst on record. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria inflicted significant damage. The Feeding America network and disaster - relief partners stepped up in response. More than 30 food banks were impacted by the hurricanes. Food bank staff worked around the clock for weeks to meet the needs of their communities while also struggling with their own personal losses. Seeing the need, fellow Feeding America food banks sent supplies and staff to help support their neighbors during this time.

Take a closer look at our disaster food relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017.

How can you help with disaster food assistance?

Fundraise Ask your friends and family to donate too. Create a Set the Table fundraiser or a Facebook fundraiser. Small amounts add up quickly and can provide much needed relief. $1 helps provide at least 10 meals through the Feeding America network of food banks.
Think twice before donating food, water or supplies Although these items are often needed, we sometimes run into logistical challenges like too much of a certain product, or difficulty in storing. To provide the most help, ensure the product is being specifically requested before donating.