Feed the Children’s Response to Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian is shaping up to be a catastrophic storm for residents in Florida and surrounding states. Power outages are already impacting families as the storm makes landfall along the state's west coast, with thousands of homes currently without power. The storm is causing life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds and massive flooding across the state.

Our neighbors affected by Hurricane Ian need help now, and possibly for the days and weeks to come. We are working with our network of community partners such as Farm Share, Reach Out America and Operation Compassion on the ground to get resources into the hands of families as soon as possible.

Feed the Children shipments are on their way to Florida now to provide families with resources such as:

  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Emergency lanterns
  • Shelf-stable food and snacks
  • Bottled water and beverages

As the situation unfolds, Feed the Children stands ready to deploy additional resources into areas with the most need. If you’d like to help families affected by disasters such as Hurricane Ian, funds can be contributed to our Disaster Response Fund at feedthechildren.org/disaster.


The Crisis in Ukraine

As the war in Ukraine continues, the consequences have been devastating for children and families in the region. By working together, Feed the Children, Teleperformance and HOPE worldwide are providing support to several key Ukrainian cities and refugee areas with food and resources.

In collaboration with HOPE worldwide and its Global Disaster Response team, as well as its affiliates on the ground, the organizations are supporting families through the end of July.

  • HOPE worldwide is serving residents in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, Dnipro, and Mykolaiv with a food parcel that will provide relief for up to 10 days.
  • In some locations, bulk food supplies will be purchased locally and then assembled by HOPE worldwide’s Ukraine staff and volunteers to meet the ongoing needs.
  • A combination of hot meals, food baskets or food vouchers will be delivered to nearly 1,700 families.

2022 Disaster Response

Tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma

On Monday, March 23, tornadoes through parts of Texas and Oklahoma, damaging schools, homes and businesses. The same storm system moved into Louisiana and Mississippi the next day, carrying dangerous tornadoes and powerful winds that caused widespread power outages. The tornadoes that tore through Louisiana hit many of the communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina. As a member of the Louisiana National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Feed the Children has reached out to local partners on the ground in New Orleans and Texas to discuss any needs the community may have at this time. Feed the Children will work diligently with corporate and community partners to ensure children and families are supported as they focus on recovery.


Tropical Cyclone Ana

Tropical Cyclone Ana made landfall on the Mozambique coast Jan. 24, tearing through southern Malawi the next day with torrential rains and strong winds causing intense flooding, downed trees and power lines, as well as structural damage. In Malawi, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs says Ana displaced more than 193,000 households (more than 948,000 people) from their homes across 17 districts. Feed the Children is working with the Nutrition Cluster, co-chaired by the Government of Malawi through the Department of Nutrition & HIV/AIDS and UNICEF, to determine short, mid- and long-term needs as families work to clean and rebuild after the storm. So far the below as been provided.

  • More than 400,000 water purification packets from Proctor & Gamble have been distributed, benefiting approximately 80,000 households.
  • More than 50,000 packets of Vitameal donated by Nu Skin have been distributed, estimated more than 8300 individuals will get the Vitameal support needed.

2021 Disaster Response

Our Response to Tornadoes in the U.S.

There were at least 50 tornado reports during the historic outbreak from late Friday (December 11) into Saturday (December 12) in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. Kentucky’s governor, Andy Beshear, says this is the 'most devastating tornado event in our state's history.' Families affected by this devastating storm need assistance now. Feed the Children is working diligently with corporate and community partners on the ground to get food, essentials and disaster relief supplies in the hands of families who need it most.

  • Reach Out America distributed product such as cleaning supplies, liquid soap, paper products, comfort kits, yoga mats, sunscreen, juice and bottled water to help affected families in Madisonville, Ky.
  • Operation Compassion distributed product such as bottled water, juices, cleaning wipes, liquid hand soap, emergency lanterns and crackers to help families in Madisonville, Mayfield and Dawson Springs, Ky.
  • 4 Good Community distributed herbal tea, gallons of water, soup, crackers, liquid hand soap, cleaning kits and flashlights to families in Hopkins County, Ky.
  • Teleperformance sponsored a Feed the Children semi-truck filled with bottled water, laundry detergent, emergency lanterns and flashlights, face masks, hand soap, trash bags, chips, crackers, and protein bars to go to the National Baptist Convention for support in affected counties. 
  • World Harvest Church sponsored a Feed the Children semi-truck filled with bottled water, face masks, cleaning products, head lamps, laundry detergent, protein bars, crackers, and chicken broth to go to 4 Good Community for support in affected counties.

Hurricane Ida

Since the powerful category 4 storm made landfall late Aug. 29, hundreds of thousands of residents in its path are still in the recovery process and need support now. With full restoration of power in the most heavily impacted areas of Louisiana not expected until the end of September, the need for basic supplies remains tremendous – especially when you consider their loss of important resources for daily living such as food and access to clean water. And for those already living paycheck to paycheck, the loss will be crippling.

In Louisiana, 19% of residents live below the poverty line, and many of those who rode out Ida said they did it because they had no way to evacuate.

That’s why Feed the Children is working with local partners in Louisiana such as Apostolic Outreach Center, Hand to Hand Foundation, House of Prayer and Mt. Xion First Baptist Church to help families in the hardest-hit areas of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Bourg, Hammond, Houma, Thibodaux, and Jean Lafitte.

Feed the Children semi-trucks deployed to those areas, carrying critical disaster relief supplies such as:

  • More than 40,000 lbs. of bottled water
  • 25-pound boxes of food such as canned vegetables, peanut butter and mac ‘n cheese
  • 15-pound box of essentials like personal-care items such as shampoo, razors, toothpaste and face masks
  • Cleaning supplies such as baby wipes, laundry detergent, liquid hand soap, hand sanitizer
  • Kid’s Disaster Packs (backpack includes hygiene items, toys, activities and safety items as well as The Comfort Quilt coloring book with counseling resources)

We are also working alongside NFL team the Minnesota Vikings, Jake Reed (former wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings), JR Reed (safety for the Los Angeles Rams), Vinita Reed, Blessed to be a Blessing Foundation and the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum & Veterans Archives to distribute boxes of food, hygiene items and disaster supplies to families in the Hammond, La. Area.

Many of our corporate partners such as Teleperformance and Office Depot have also offered their support for affected families. Other long-time corporate partners, such as Niagara Bottling, Tyson Foods, Starbucks and StarKist have donated product to aid displaced residents.

As Ida’s devastation is still felt far and wide, Feed the Children has expanded its response to New York, New Jersey, Mississippi and Pennsylvania. In those areas, we are working with the Midwest Food Bank – PA Division, Midwest Food Bank – Bloomington and Convoy of Hope to make sure supplies get into the hands of families who are affected.

Tennessee Flooding

On Aug. 21, Tennessee was hit with heavy rain that lead to devastating flash flooding (up to 15 inches of rain fell over a six-hour period) ripping homes from their foundations and displacing hundreds of residents. As of Aug. 25, hundreds of homes were destroyed, while another couple of hundred structures sustained major damage.

To date
  • We’ve provided 3 different shipments of relief to support the Nashville and Waverly, Tennessee area
  • In Waverly, we are working with The Rotary Club of Overland Park who is working with Fort Campbell troops and the Tennessee National Guard to distribute the product we provided which includes assorted shelf-stable food items, disinfectant wipes, cleaning solution, laundry detergent and baby wipes

Tornadoes in Alabama and Western Georgia

On March 25, multiple tornadoes and severe storms tore through Alabama and western Georgia, as well as parts of Mississippi and Tennessee. The storms destroyed homes, damaged the power grid, and caused at least five casualties. Feed the Children stands ready to deliver disaster relief aid to communities in need.

To date
  • 6 shipments of relief provided
  • 10 different communities served
  • 149,000+ pounds of relief supplies like water, Gatorade, shelf-stable food and healthy snacks, cleaning supplies, personal care items, work gloves, and paper goods.

21 Reasons to Give is helping communities recover in Acworth, Monroe, and Adair counties in Georgia, and Calhoun and Shelby counties in Alabama. They are receiving water, Gatorade, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, and shelf-stable food.

In Newnan, Georgia, Reach Out America is receiving bottled water, tea, cleaning supplies, Avon products, shelf-stable food, hand sanitizer, hygiene products, and sanitizing wipes.

Ice Storms

Feed the Children worked with partners on the ground during the 2021 ice storms to send shipments of bottled water and shelf-stable food to partners in Oklahoma, Texas, and Tennessee. Thanks to our partner Niagara water, we have allocated multiple truckloads of water for Texas which will serve the Houston area and other communities. We have distributed truckloads of supplies, thanks to our partner Niagara water to communities across Oklahoma including Miami, Perry, Caddo County, and McAlester which is serving as a regional hub for water distribution. We have distributed pallets of water to Tennessee Emergency Management to assist at a hospital and nursing home in Memphis.

  • 28 total shipments of relief provided
  • 30+ different communities served in three states
  • 650,000+ pounds of relief supplies like water, shelf-stable food, personal care items

COVID-19 Crisis

Feed the Children is delivering food and essentials to communities across the nation who are struggling during this COVID-19 crisis. To learn more about our efforts please click the button below.


2020 Disaster Response

One of our corporate partners, Teleperformance, showed outstanding support for disaster relief in 2020. They contributed nearly $283,000 in employee donations to support community food and nutrition programs in El Salvador and communities affected by the eruption of the Taal volcano in the Philippines and Hurr icane Dorian in the Bahamas, as well as natural disasters in the U.S. such as flooding throughout the Midwest and tornadoes in Tennessee in early March of 2020. When the pandemic struck only weeks after that, the company quickly allocated $50,000 for COVID-19 relief. Leadership from the very top made a strong statement about what corporate social responsibility can look like as Teleperformance’s Chairman and CEO, Daniel Julien, made a personal contribution of $560,000.

2019 Disaster Response

In 2019, with the help of our community partners, Feed the Children responded to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Dorian and Imelda as well as other natural disasters such as wildfires in California, tornadoes in Nashville and flooding in the Midwest. To aid with recovery efforts, we shipped more than 1.7 million pounds of food and supplies valued at more than $4.6 million to disaster-affected areas across the United States. We also worked with our partners to provide relief for families in the Philippines affected by the eruption of the Taal volcano, to protect against cholera in regions touched by floods in Kenya and for those in the Bahamas who were displaced by Hurricane Dorian.

2018 Disaster Response

In 2018, with help from more than 40 community partners, Feed the Children responded to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Florence and Michael as well as other disasters such as the wildfires in California and flooding in the Midwest. We shipped millions of pounds of food and supplies valued at approximately $9.8 million to disaster-affected regions in the United States. We also provided food and personal care boxes to more than 11,000 families.

Internationally, through our program work in Malawi, Feed the Children responded to the flooding caused by Cyclone Adai by providing 1.5 million packets of WaterGuard valued at $90K to benefit 6.6 million people. Through our program work in the Philippines, we responded to Typhoon Ompong by providing food supplies including rice, mongo beans, sugar, chocolate powder and milk as well as Vitameal as follow-up support. We also responded to the landslide in Naga as well as other disasters.

Internationally, through our program work in Malawi, Feed the Children responded to the flooding caused by Cyclone Adai by providing 1.5 million packets of WaterGuard valued at $90K to benefit 6.6 million people. Through our program work in the Philippines, we responded to Typhoon Ompong by providing food supplies including rice, mongo beans, sugar, chocolate powder and milk as well as Vitameal as follow-up support. We also responded to the landslide in Naga as well as other disasters.

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You Can Make A Difference When Disaster Strikes

Disasters are devastating and can be an emotional time for families as they begin to pick up the pieces and move on. With help from partnering agencies and generous donors, Feed the Children can support communities impacted by natural disasters by providing them with food, essentials, water and cleaning supplies. Here’s how you can help:

  • A direct donation helps Feed the Children purchase much-needed supplies for families recovering from their loss.
  • Gift-in-kind, from our generous corporate partners, provides food, cleaning supplies and essential items for Feed the Children Disaster Relief boxes which allow families and their children to begin rebuilding their lives.

If you are interested in supporting affected areas in either of these ways or if you have additional questions, please contact your Corporate Partner or Corporate Donor Relations representative on how you can get involved.