STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestlé Waters North America and its disaster relief partners, AmeriCares, Feeding America and Gleaning For the World, are delivering more than 475,000 bottles of water to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a catastrophic flood has displaced thousands of people. Twenty-two truckloads, carrying 21,600 bottles each of Ozarka® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, are being dispatched to disaster relief sites and food banks.
An estimated 60,000 homes have been damaged, while schools and businesses have been shut down for days. The current flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, according to the Red Cross.
Deliveries are currently underway to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, the Salvation Army of Baton Rouge, and the Healing Place Church and will continue over the next several weeks.
"Clean, safe water is always one of the most critical needs during an emergency," said AmeriCares Director of Emergency Response Kate Dischino. "Working with Nestlé Waters North America, we are ensuring families in Louisiana have one less worry as they begin to recover."
"Feeding America is grateful to Nestlé for helping to support our member food banks that are affected by this devastating flood," said Matt Knott, President of Feeding America. "Nestlé's contribution is critical for the many Louisianans who struggle with hunger in communities impacted by this crisis."
"We appreciate working closely with Nestlé to ship critical supplies to victims of the Louisiana flooding," stated Ron Davidson, Gleaning For The World President. "We have been able to partner together in order to efficiently help the hurting families in a timely manner."
"Providing much-needed water to the people of Baton Rouge and the surrounding area is a job we take very seriously," said Tim Brown, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Nestlé Waters North America. "At this time of upheaval for so many, we are proud to work with AmeriCares, Feeding America and Gleaning For the World to make a difference for the residents of the Baton Rouge area affected by this flood."
Those interested in aiding relief efforts can support the work of AmeriCares, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana and Gleaning For the World. To get in contact with or to seek assistance at a disaster relief site, please call or visit the following websites:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
The Healing Place Church
About Nestlé Waters North America
Nestlé Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of bottled waters for healthy hydration. Brands such as Nestlé® Pure Life®, Ozarka®, Perrier® and S.Pellegrino® have driven Nestlé Waters North America to be the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S. Based in Stamford, Connecticut with about 8,000 employees nationwide, Nestlé Waters is committed to reducing its environmental footprint across its operations. The company is also committed to creating shared value and being a good neighbor in the 140 communities where it operates in the United States.
About Ozarka® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water
A brand rooted in Texas for 100 years, the Ozarka Spring Water Company officially began in 1905. Today, Ozarka® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water comes exclusively from sources in Texas and is bottled in Texas. Many people enjoy its great taste and consider Ozarka® their home-grown, local brand. In 1987, Ozarka® joined Nestlé Waters North America, which is the largest bottled water company in the United States, offering many of the nation's most popular regional brands.
AmeriCares is an emergency response and global health organization committed to saving lives and building healthier futures for people in crisis in the United States and around the world. Every day, AmeriCares puts critically needed medicines and supplies in the hands of frontline health workers and develops innovative, sustainable health improvements in their communities. For more information, visit www.americares.org.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, they provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people it serves; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
About Gleaning For The World
Gleaning For The World, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 humanitarian aid organization that places lifesaving supplies worldwide with an emphasis on responding to disasters in the United States. Consistently recognized by Forbes Magazine as "The Most Efficient Large Charity in America," Gleaning is often the first organization on the scene to help people dealing with natural and man-made disasters around the world. The Virginia-based organization also provides on-going solutions to those struggling with severe poverty in 75 countries.
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