Supporting South Georgia Following Deadly Jan. Storms
February 1, 2017
By: Allison Weber
Americans are seeing extreme weather tear through their communities more often, leaving a wake of destruction and the urgent need to rebuild... Another bout of violent weather also hit the South later in the month, with at least 75 tornadoes tearing across eight southern states over the course of three days.
Second Harvest of South Georgia, a member of the Feeding America network, is providing relief and hope to impacted households. Sadly, across South Georgia, the first set of storms killed one person and caused $30 million in damage, and the second set contributed to at least 16 deaths and $100 million in damage.
Even before the harsh weather battered the region, many people in South Georgia were struggling. In Albany, one of the hardest-hit areas, 28% of residents struggle with hunger and 70% of children are eligible for nutrition programs, such as free or reduced-price school meals...
Damage caused by tornadoes.
In the past week, the food bank has already helped provide approximately 15,500 warm meals to people living in shelters in partnership with the American Red Cross... Additionally, the food bank has filled many empty stomachs through its mobile pantry program, delivering meals to people in their neighborhoods so they can focus on removing debris, recovering personal items and repairing their homes.
With support from many generous donors, Feeding America has coordinated the delivery of almost 350,000 pounds of food and groceries to Second Harvest to support its disaster response efforts...
While Feeding America can’t prevent natural disasters from happening, we can provide the people they affect with the basic essentials they need so they can focus on putting their lives back together. In fact, local Feeding America food banks are on the ground in every county in America, ready to provide food, water and supplies to help families in crisis. Thanks to our supporters, we are able to reach people in their times of greatest need.
*Photo courtesy of Second Harvest of South Georgia.
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