Food Bank Continues Hurricane Irene Disaster Relief
19 of 34 Counties Receive Federal Emergency Declaration
The Food Bank began taking inventory of disaster relief product and securing additional warehouse space over a week ago, well before Hurricane Irene made landfall. The Food Bank’s branches and service areas in Greenville, New Bern and Wilmington were in the path of the storm. When Hurricane Irene hit the eastern part of the state and caused flooding and power outages, the Food Bank was ready to respond.
After preliminary assessments, the Food Bank immediately responded on Sunday with 7,000 pounds of disaster relief product to a food pantry in Greenville where there was an immediate request for canned food and water due to the widespread power outages. The delivery included items such as beverages, water, canned food, toilet paper and paper towels.
The Food Bank has continued to send supplies as it works as a first responder. Over the past four days, the Food Bank has sent seven tractor trailer loads of disaster relief to emergency soup kitchens and food pantries in Pitt, Craven, Jones, Onslow, Lenoir, and Pamlico counties.
The communities in our service area have shown an outpouring of support. Tomorrow, September 2, WCTI News Channel 12 along with NextMedia (WRNS 95.1, Bob 93.3, Rock 105.5 & 101.1 and Touch 92.3) are holding a regional food drive with drop off locations in Jacksonville and at our two branches locations in Greenville and New Bern. More details: www.wcti12.com
Donations of food will continue to be accepted at all of our 6 branch locations in Raleigh, Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Wilmington and Southern Pines (please call ahead.)
To make a monetary donation, click here for our secure donation form.
Individuals needing emergency food assistance can search for agency locations in their area that can help.
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