What many people don’t realize is the Food Bank and our partner food banks throughout the country play a role in the community’s immediate and long-term disaster response.
In times of disaster, we work with local, state and federal government agencies and relief organizations to provide food, water and supplies, if and where needed.
Consider assembling a family emergency food box. Click here to check out Feeding America‘s suggestions of what you should include in the box.
The importance of food banks in disaster response was highlighted five years ago when our sister food banks in the south had to grapple with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and then Hurricane Rita.
Check out the blog entries that Rodney W. Bivens wrote during the response to Katrina. Bivens is Executive Director and Founder of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
In Connecticut, our Food Bank is part of a team of disaster relief responders that consists of the regional Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Connecticut Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, including the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Our Disaster Relief Plan recognizes that our mission “is to alleviate hunger,
year-round and in times of crisis.” As always, we stand ready to serve our community.
Posted by Gladys Alcedo, Communications Coordinator of Connecticut Food Bank