WALLINGFORD, CONN., October 1, 2018 – Connecticut Food Bank employee Everette Medley, of West Haven, departed for Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday morning to support food delivery in North Carolina communities affected by Hurricane Florence.
Medley will be working in warehouse facilities operated by Feeding America member Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
Medley, a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, is among Feeding America food banks that continue meeting increased need in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which struck the region in late August and early September.
Medley, a warehouse assistant at the Connecticut Food Bank, will move food in the warehouse, helping to bring food into the facility and to move it into trucks for distribution. He is a trained forklift operator. He has committed to a two-week assignment.
“Everette has been with the Connecticut Food Bank nearly four years,” said Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau. “He’s got tremendous energy and positive attitude that will be welcome in Raleigh, where they are working so hard to meet increased needs after the storm.”
Beaudreau said people who struggle with food insecurity are disproportionately affected by disasters. “People just getting by before the storm and the flooding that followed may now be out of work or have lost transportation or housing, or all of the above. The increased need and the storm damage are putting more demand on food banks to meet needs. As part of the Feeding America network, we are glad to have the opportunity to help.”
For his part, Medley says that he is glad to help. “I’m from Greensboro, North Carolina. My family is nearby, and they came through okay. North Carolina is my home state and I’m glad to have a chance to give back,” Medley said. “And I’m proud to represent our food bank and the people here in Connecticut and let folks in North Carolina that we care.”
In photo above, Everette Medley is pictured assisting at a recent Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry Distribution.