Update on our Hurricane Harvey response

Second Harvest Food Bank is accepting donations to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Since the beginning of this storm’s impact, we have responded to those in need in South Louisiana, particularly in Calcasieu, Cameron, Vermilion, Iberia, Jefferson Davis and Beauregard, and are also supporting storm victims in Texas. To date, we have collected and distributed approximately 300,000 pounds of disaster supplies. Thank you to everyone who has supported our response! 

You can donate online by clicking here to support our efforts to assist victims in both Southwest Louisiana and Texas. Note: Through September 30, Summit Financial Wealth Advisors is matching all donations to our Harvey response, up to $50,000 total.

A monetary donation is the most efficient way to support our disaster-response efforts, and we are also accepting donations of food, water and disaster supplies at our New Orleans and Lafayette facilities. (Details below.)

Recapping some of the great work by our staff, volunteers and community partners:  

Our trucks have delivered disaster supplies to many locations in the greater Lake Charles area, including the towns of Sulphur and Vinton. Partner agencies in those communities are distributing meals to Louisiana and Texas residents impacted by the flood, as well as to first responsders.

We’ve helped coordinate large donations of truckloads of disaster supplies from donors like Rouses Markets, Abbott labs, and Associated Food Stores. We’ve also partnered with members of the Cajun Army, Gulf Coast Relief, Cajun Airlift groups, and Storm Troopers: The Grassroots Coalition for Hurricane Harvey Relief arranged to have several hundred Second Harvest Community Kitchen meals placed on a private plane and flown into Texas.

Second Harvest disaster supplies have also been sent to to Pasadena Texas, thanks to QCS Logistics and Blaze Logistics, LLC / Blaze Express Courier LLC. These two companies donated the use of two of their trucks and provided drivers at no charge. This helped free up our existing fleet for both our normal duties and for disaster response.

Our Feeding America partner Feeding Texas is helping coordinate the response in Houston and other parts of Texas. If you’d like to donate to support their Texas response, please click https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/harvey-food-relief

Donations of disaster supplies: We are accepting donations of disaster supplies at three Second Harvest locations:

– Our main warehouse and facility, 700 Edwards Avenue in the Elmwood Warehouse District area, Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
– Our Lafayette warehouse and facility, 215 E. Pinhook Road, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

When:  Until further notice (and we gladly accept disaster-response items year-round as well to have on hand for emergencies like Harvey.)

What we are accepting:

  • Non-perishable food items, especially “pop-top” canned goods that do not require can-openers
  • Granola bars, protein bars, cereals, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned meats
  • Water, sports drinks, fruit juices
  • Cleaning supplies (such as bleach, gloves, mops and garbage bags.)
  • Personal hygiene products (like toilet paper, soap, shampoo, tampons, diapers, razors, etc.)

Questions: Please email help@secondharvest.org with any questions about our response and/or about how you can help.

 

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