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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 hurricanes this season, but we can now take some small comfort in the fact that should a hurricane hit, we will be ready to immediately provide food, water and other supplies to people in need. These supplies are intended to help bridge the gap until the rest of our Network can aid the food banks serving affected communities."

"If the donated supplies are not needed for disaster use this season," said Escarra, "they will be rolled into the food bank's regular inventory, providing extra assistance to those in need on an everyday basis."

The Abbott/Feeding America disaster relief packs will be pre-staged at the following food banks:

Texas

  • Beaumont-Southeast Texas Foodbank
  • Food Bank of Corpus Christi
  • Houston Food Bank
  • McAllen-Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc.
  • Tyler-East TX Foodbank
  • Victoria--Food Bank of the Golden Crescent

Louisiana

  • Alexandria-Food Bank of Central Louisiana
  • Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
  • Monroe-Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana
  • Shreveport-Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana

Alabama/Mississippi

  • Theodore, AL--Bay Area Food Bank

Florida

  • Ft Myers--Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida
  • Miami--Daily Bread Food Bank
  • Sarasota-All Faiths Food Bank
  • Tallahassee--America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc.

Georgia

  • Savannah--America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Inc.
  • Valdosta--America's Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc.

South Carolina

  • Charleston-Lowcountry Food Bank

North Carolina

  • Elizabeth City-Food Bank of the Albemarle

Puerto Rico

  • Bayamon-Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico

Feeding America provided more than 25.6 million pounds of food and grocery products to food banks throughout Louisiana, Texas and other Gulf Coast states in 2008, following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Feeding America is now in its 20th year of providing disaster relief services. The network of 206 food banks has worked in recent years to improve its disaster response capability with enhanced disaster planning, by developing and training national support teams, and with the staging supplies in advance of disaster.

About Feeding America

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit www.feedingamerica.org.


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