Hurricane Ike Relief Update
September 16, 2008 § 2 Comments
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 67,000 pounds of food & supplies and $180,000 has been donated by the public. When we sent out an emergency call for help to the community, you responded in a big way. Thank you for acting so quickly!
Today’s relief efforts started at 5 a.m. as staff went live from our warehouse with local stations News 8 Austin, and FOX 7. Volunteers helped throughout the morning to prepare hundreds of emergency food packages for today’s distribution at the Food Bank and to send to Partner Agencies. As volunteers and staff prepared for the noon distribution, a line of cars formed through our parking lot all the way to William Cannon and I-35. Commander Calvin Smith of the SE Area Command sent an officer to assist with traffic as we begin serving evacuees.
Thanks to the many donations on our website and at the Food Bank, about 2,500 food packages have been distributed so far, and we were able to quickly purchase additional food with the money donated over the past few days for our upcoming distributions.
Special thanks to Whole Foods Southwest Distribution for donating a tractor trailer load of water (40,920 lbs). Whole Foods volunteered to continue collecting food at their downtown store since last week’s HAM-up Grill up. Just look for the blue barrel in the front of the store.
Supporting our Sister Food Banks
In addition to supporting evacuees in Austin, the Food Bank answered the Brazos Valley Food Bank’s call for assistance. We sent almost 17,000 pounds of emergency items yesterday.
Miguel Barthe, a Katrina evacuee from New Orleans, and Food Bank driver, volunteered to support the New Orleans Food Bank for the upcoming week. Miguel, who has not been back to New Orleans since the Katrina evacuation three years ago, looks forward to reuniting with his hometown. “I wanted to help New Orleans, just like Austin helped me,” he said, “and it will be good to see my family too.”
Food Drive at H-E-B Wednesday
On Wednesday September 17, H-E-B on Parmer Lane at IH-35 will host a food drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please donate our most-needed items as well as financial donations. Blue Whale Moving and Storage company is helping transport donated items to the Food Bank, saving us fuel and transportation costs.
Learn more and donate at austinfoodbank.org.
Visit our “I want to help” page on austinfoodbank.org to get the latest information on most needed items, volunteer opportunities and how to donate.
If you know someone that needs help, please visit our “I need help” page, with the latest information on Emergency Food Stamps.
Thank you for your continued support!