Feed the Children responds to urgent needs with partner support
Oklahoma City, – Before Hurricane Harvey made landfall Fri., Aug. 25, Feed the Children was working behind the scenes with several of its partner agencies to allocate semitrucks filled with food, water and disaster relief supplies for those who would be affected by the impending storm.
Today, as flood waters continue to rise at an alarming and historic rate, members of the Feed the Children team are traveling to Houston to stage a warehouse to serve as its hub for disaster relief and response operations.
The first of 12 semitrucks loaded by Feed the Children will arrive in Houston today, pending road closures and overall conditions. Several of the loads were sponsored through a $70K donation by longtime supporter Teleperformance. Additional corporate partners like StarKist® and Niagara Bottling LLC have donated StarKist Tuna Snack Kits and bottled water to help displaced residents.
The multiple truckloads of supplies will further outreach efforts across the Texas Gulf Coast by Feed the Children in conjunction with its partner agencies such as Reach Out America, Midwest Food Bank, Convoy of Hope, Operation Compassion and NACC Disaster Services. Children and families in the wake of the terrible storm can expect to receive much-needed items like:
- Ready to eat food
- Bottled water
- Toilet paper
- Hygiene items
“Feed the Children is dedicated to making sure the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey have the critical food and supplies they need to survive this devastation,” said John Ricketts, Director of Domestic Programming and Disaster Services at Feed the Children. “We will continue to actively work with our partners on the ground to help those in need. It will take all of us coordinating together to help our neighbors as they rebuild their lives following this catastrophic storm.”
Feed the Children is accepting donations to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Visit feedthechildren.org to learn how you can help today.
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.