OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As Hurricane Florence nears the coastline and is expected to make landfall by Fri., Sep. 14, Feed the Children is working diligently with corporate partners and local agencies to allocate shipments of food, water and disaster relief supplies for those who will be affected by the impending storm.
The Category 2 storm, which includes catastrophic flooding, has forced mandatory evacuations across the eastern seaboard affecting approximately 1.5 million people. More than a dozen shipments of supplies totaling approximately 355,000 pounds from Feed the Children are already on their way to help residents in North and South Carolina as well as Virginia. The nonprofit is working hand-in-hand with local agencies such as Operation Compassion, Convoy of Hope, Mankind United to Save African Children, Harbor Light Worship Ministries, Reach Out American International, 21 Reasons to Give, Christian Appalachian Project and Midwest Food Bank-Bloomington to help with outreach efforts.
Many long-time partners such as StarKist, Energizer, BNRG, Treehouse Private Brands, FitJoy Nutrition, White Wave and Frito-Lay have donated supplies in addition to their support to help displaced residents.
Affected residents will receive products such as:
- Ready to eat food, soups and snacks
- Paper goods
- Cleaning supplies
"We are very dedicated to making sure the residents affected by Florence have the food and supplies they need to survive this potentially life-threatening storm," said John Ricketts, Director of Disaster Services at Feed the Children. "We are working with our partners on the ground to distribute supplies. We are calling on communities and partners across the U.S to help our neighbors in their time of need."
While many partners are stepping forward to provide support, residents still need materials such as work gloves, cleaning supplies and water. You can help by giving monetary donations to help fulfill needs such as these.
Feed the Children is accepting monetary donations to assist those affected by Hurricane Florence. Visit feedthechildren.org/hurricaneflorence to join our efforts.
About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.
SOURCE Feed the Children