As authorities continue to assess the extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Dorian, Feed the Children is actively working with multiple corporate and community partners to respond to requests for support along the Eastern Coast of the U.S. as well as the Bahamas. So far, the anti-hunger organization has provided more than 360,000 pounds of food, water, hygiene items, and cleaning supplies to those living in some of the hardest-hit areas.
As the first major storm of the season, Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc in the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane leaving behind a path of destruction, then subsequently traveled up the East Coast of the U.S. as a Category 2 hurricane resulting in major flooding.
Feed the Children is working hand-in-hand with community partners Reach Out America, 21 Reasons to Give, and House of Destiny to distribute supplies in the U.S., as well as working with Operation Compassion to move critical provisions on barges into the storm-ravaged Bahamas. Due to long-time partners who believe in corporate social responsibility, families are receiving the products they desperately need. Niagara has donated more than 34,000 bottles of water, the Kelsen Group has given multiple pallets of ready-to-eat snacks, Tree House Private Brands donated an assortment of crackers and cookies, and Lowes through the United Pentecostal Church International provided 2,000 buckets filled with cleaning supplies. One Brands, Betty Lou’s, FitJoy Nutrition and The Nature’s Bounty Co. have all donated thousands of protein bars to help families. Teleperformance and Office Depot have joined the effort and committed a combined $60,000 to support response efforts in the Bahamas, and StarKist is matching the first $25,000 raised in disaster response donations.
The donated monies, food, essentials and supplies aim to reduce the effects of damage caused by the extreme weather and to provide relief during this time of tremendous uncertainty.
“Many families across the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast have experienced tremendous loss, and they need our support,” said John Ricketts, Director of Disaster Services at Feed the Children. “Feed the Children understands it takes all of us working together to provide hope and resources to our neighbors during unsettling times like this. That’s why we’re thankful for our network of community partners who are available to help us get product where it is needed most.”
Feed the Children is accepting monetary donations to assist communities affected by Hurricane Dorian, as well as provide assistance to families when the next disaster strikes. Every dollar given goes seven times as far to provide food, hope, dignity and comfort. Visit feedthechildren.org/disaster to join their efforts. If you would like to participate in the StarKist matching gift campaign, visit feedthechildren.org/starkistmatch to make a donation today.