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Feeding America and Abbott Partner For Hurricane Relief
Date:5/27/2009

Abbott Donates Relief Supplies to Expedite Immediate Hurricane Response

CHICAGO, May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeding America today announced that it is working with the global health care company, Abbott, to pre-position nutritional products in 20 food banks throughout the Southeast United States and Puerto Rico in preparation for the 2009 hurricane season, which officially arrives on June 1. Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

Food banks will receive pre-packaged disaster relief packs containing both adult and pediatric nutritionals that are designed specifically for families of different sizes. These disaster relief packs will serve more than 20,000 people in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Food banks were selected based on vulnerability to hurricanes, their capacity to assist in disaster response and recovery, and on population coverage.

Volunteers within organizations such as The East Texas Food Bank in Tyler, Texas and America's Second Harvest of South Georgia in Valdosta, Georgia, have agreed to create 5,200 disaster relief packs containing 232,000 pounds of Abbott-donated nutritionals for distribution across U.S. food banks by the start of hurricane season.

"Our goal, in partnering with Feeding America, is to empower communities to ensure that critical products are immediately available to those who need them when a disaster strikes. Pre-positioned products can be distributed quickly and reliably by working through Feeding America's established network of food banks," said Kathy Pickus, divisional vice president, Global Citizenship and Policy, Abbott.

"We are extremely grateful to Abbott for donating to us and helping us pre-position relief supplies at our food banks in strategically important locations," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. "We certainly hope that there aren't any hur
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