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Hurricane Irene 2011
Preparation & Response

Hurricane Irene was large and powerful storm that left extensive flood and wind damage along its path through the Caribbean, the US East Coast and as far north as Atlantic Canada. Irene was the first major hurricane of the 2011 season. It made landfall over North Carolina's Outer Banks on the morning of August 27, causing major flooding and damage in eastern North Carolina. Nineteen counties in the Food Bank service area have been declared federal disaster areas.

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FOOD BANK CONTINUES RESPONSE TO HURRICANE IRENE
IN EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA

Hurricane Irene LogoThe Food Bank began taking inventory of disaster relief product and securing additional warehouse space a week 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. Nineteen of the Food Bank's 34 counties have been declared as disaster areas. They include: Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Edgecombe, Halifax, Greene, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Nash, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson.

When Hurricane Irene hit the eastern part of the state and caused flooding and power outages, the Food Bank was ready to respond. After prelminary assessments, the Food Bank immediately responded on Sunday, August 28 with a truck filled with 7,000 pounds of disaster relief product to Project Anna, a food pantry at 340 Briley Road in Greenville, NC 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 of Central & Eastern NC has continued to provide relief now totaling nearly 550,000 pounds of disaster products.  Efforts in eastern North Carolina to date include:

Pitt County

  • 7 pallets of beverages, snacks, canned foods to Churches Outreach Network on Mon, Aug 29
  • 7 pallets beverages, snacks, canned foods to Churches Outreach Networkon Tues Aug 30
  • 7 pallets of beverages, canned food items, snacks and produce to Freedom Family on Tues, Aug 30
  • 7 pallets of canned food items, snacks and produce delivered to Anointed Ones on Tues, Aug 30
  • 5 pallets of beverages, canned food items and snacks to Freedom Family in Pitt Co. on Wed, Aug 31
  • 7 pallets of canned food items, snacks, produce and paper products to Project Anna on Wed, Aug 31
  • 8 pallets of beverages, Hormel dinners, fresh produce and snacks to anointed Ones on Fri, Sept 2
  • 4 pallets of beverages, Hormel dinners, canned food, snacks, diapers to Freedom Family on Fri, Sept 2
  • 8 pallets of beverages, Hormel dinners, fresh produce and snacks to First Born in on Fri, Sept 2
  • 1 pallet of canned food to Salvation Army on Fri, Sept 2
  • 7 pallets to Anointed Ones on Tue, Sept 6
  • 4 pallets to Freedom Family on Tue, Sept 6 (included 550 lbs of WCTI food drive product
  • 4,035 lbs to Freedom Life in Pitt Co on Thur, Sept 8
  • 3,957 lbs to Project Anna in Pitt Co on Thur, Sept 8 (340 lbs WCTI food Drive)
  • 9 pallets (10,446 lbs) to Churches Outreach in Pitt Co on Thur, Sept 8
  • 7 pallets (6,600 lbs) to First Born Grimesland in Pitt Co on Thur, Sept 8
  • 840 lbs to First Born in Pitt Co on Friday, Sept. 9
  • 2,604 lbs to Project Anna in Pitt Co on Friday, Sept. 9
  • 5,574 lbs to Word of Life in Edgecombe Co on Friday, Sept. 9
  • 1,030 lbs to Churches Outreach in Pitt Co on Saturday, Sept. 10
  • 6,281 lbs to Bethel Chapel in Pitt Co on Sunday, Sept. 11
  • 1,604 lbs to First Born in Pitt Co on Tuesday, Sept. 13
  • 626 lbs to Freedom Family in Pitt Co on Tuesday, Sept. 13
  • 2,660 lbs to Project Anna in Pitt Co on Thursday, Sept. 15
  • 4,344 lbs to Churches Outreach in Pitt Co on Thursday, Sept. 15
  • 5,338 lbs to Bethel Chapel in Pitt Co on Thursday, Sept. 15
  • 6,067 lbs to Churches Outreach in Pitt Co on Tuesday, Sept. 20
  • 7,714 lbs to First Born in Pitt Co on Wednesday, Sept. 21

Craven County

  • 8 pallets of beverages, snack, canned food items to Living Bread Outreach on Mon, Aug 29
  • 5 pallets of canned food items, snacks to Living Bread Outreach Tues, Aug 30
  • 3 pallets of beverages, canned food items, snack and produce delivered to RCS on Tues, Aug 30
  • 3 pallets of canned food items, beverages, paper products to RCS Wed, Aug 31
  • 20+ pallets of water, snacks lemonade, Hormel dinners delivered to Living Bread Thurs, Sept 1
  • 6 pallets of snacks, canned food items, snacks to RCS on Thurs, Sept 1
  • 12 pallets of beverages, snacks, canned food to Good News in Craven Co on Fri, Sept 2
  • 6 pallets of beverages, Hormel dinners, and snacks to Living Bread on Fri, Sept 2
  • 10 pallets to RCS on Mon, Sept 5
  • 5 pallets to RCS in Craven Co on Wed, Sept 7 (included 1,532 lbs of WCTI food drive product)
  • 5 pallets to Salvation Army-New Bern on Wed, Sept 7 (included 1,485 lbs of WCTI food drive product)
  • 6 pallets to Vanceboro Christian Help on Wed, Sept 7 (included 1,485 lbs of WCTI food drive product)
  • 6,351 lbs to Good News on Thur, Sept 8
  • 9,766 lbs to Living Bread in Craven Co on Friday, Sept. 9
  • 7,002 lbs to Vanceboro Christian Help in Craven Co on Friday, Sept. 9
  • 6,251 lbs to Living Bread in Craven Co on Tuesday, Sept. 13
  • 7,708 lbs to Good News in Craven Co on Tuesday, Sept. 13
  • 5,612 lbs  to Living Bread in Craven Co on Wednesday, Sept. 14
  • 3,506 lbs to Direct Distribution in Craven Co on Thursday, Sept. 15
  • 6,757 lbs to Living Bread in Craven Co on Wednesday, Sept. 21

Jones County

  • 8 pallets of beverages, snacks, canned food items to Salvation Army Maysville Office, Monday, Aug 29 (This agency was able to serve over 400 hot meals to people in Maysville and Trenson
  • 3,398 lbs to Salvation Army Maysville in Jones Co on Friday, Sept. 9 (from WCTI food drive)

Onslow County

  • 6 pallets of canned food items, snacks and produce delivered to Salvation Army on Tuesday, Aug. 30
  • 6 pallets of beverages, Hormel dinners, and snacks to Mt Carmel on Fri, Sept 2
  • 8 pallets of snacks, Hormel dinners, water/lemonade, fresh produce and paper products to Faith Outreach Ministries on Sun, Sept 4 
  • 5,171 lbs to Salvation Army Jacksonville on Thur, Sept 8
  • 10,387 lbs to Mt Carmel on Thur, Sept 8
  • 7,892 lbs to Mt Carmel in Onslow Co on Thursday, Sept. 15

Lenoir County

  • 5 pallets of canned food items, snacks and paper products delivered to Bible Church of Christ Wed, Aug 31

Pamlico County

  • 2 pallets of beverages, canned food items delivered to Fishes & Loaves on Wed, Aug 31
  • 9 pallets of canned food items, snacks and paper products to Fishes & Loaves on Thur, Sept 1
  • 8 pallets of beverages, Hormel dinners, and snacks to Fishes & Loaves on Fri, Sept 2
  • 7 pallets of snacks, Hormel dinners, water/lemonade, paper products to Youth Empowerment in on Sat, Sept 3
  • 6 pallets to Fishes & Loaves on Tue, Sept 6 (included 1,532 lbs of WCTI food drive product)
  • 9 pallets (10,742 lbs) to Mesic Youth Empowerment on Thur, Sept 8
  • 7,306 lbs to Faith Outreach in Pamlico Co on Saty, Sept. 10
  • 2,748 lbs to Fishes & Loaves in Pamlico Co on Mon, Sept. 12
  • 14,963 lbs (2 loads) to Direct Distribution in Pamlico Co on Fri, Sept. 16
  • 9,490 lbs to Direct Distribution in Pamlico Co on Mon, Sept. 19
  • 5,795 lbs to Youth Empowerment in Pamlico Co on Tue, Sept. 20

Greene County

  • 10 pallets of water, snacks, produce and paper products delivered to Interfaith on Thurs, Sept 1

Halifax County

  • 22 pallets of snacks, beverages, paper products, produce  to Union Mission on Fri, Sept 2
  • 5 pallets to St. Paul Missionary Baptist on Tuesday, Sept 6
  • 5 pallets to Lincoln Heights Apostolic Church on Tuesday, 9/6
  • 5 pallets to Mt Carmel on Thur, Sept 8
  • 5 pallets to St Paul Missionary on Thur, Sept 8
  • 8 pallets to Lincoln Heights on Thur, Sept 8
  • 15,849 lbs to Shiloh Baptist in Halifax Co on Saturday, Sept. 10
  • 5,943 lbs to Quankey Missionary Baptist Church in Halifax Co on Thursday, Sept. 15
  • 6,654 lbs to The Evangelistic Church of Deliverance in Halifax Co on Thursday, Sept. 15

Nash County

  • 6 pallets to Crosspointe Ministries in Nash Co on Wed, Sept 7

Edgecombe County

  • 1,903 lbs to Tarboro Word of Life in Edgecombe Co on Thur, Sept 8
  • 10 pallets (14,032 lbs) to Tarboro Community Outreach on Thur, Sept 8

Cartaret County

  • 6,659 lbs to Beaufort Faith in Carteret Co on Tuesday, Sept. 13
  • 4,338 lbs to Woodville in Carteret Co on Wednesday, Sept. 14
  • 8,900 lbs to Faith Tabernacle in Carteret Co on Wednesday, Sept. 21

In times of a natural disaster, community donations also help to supplement the Food Bank's supply. See the Most Needed Disaster Relief Items list below and instructions on monetary support.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

The Food Bank expects to see the need for emergency food increase over the coming weeks as displaced families seek precious resources. Food & fund donations to the Food Bank will help provide emergency and increased assistance to Food Bank partner agencies.

  • Donate Food: Food donations will be accepted at Food Bank warehouses in Durham, Raleigh, New Bern, Greenville, Southern Pines and Wilmington. See the most needed items below.
  • Donate Funds: Donate on the Food Bank website. Checks can be mailed to 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609.
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UPDATE: On Friday, Sept 2, WCTI News Channel 12 along with NextMedia (WRNS 95.1, Bob 93.3, Rock 105.5 & 101.1 and Touch 92.3) held a regional food drive with drop off locations in Jacksonville and at our two branches in Greenville and New Bern from 9am-6pm. The drive yielded enough food and monetary donations to provide over 22,000 meals to those affected by the disaster! More details: wcti12.com

Most Needed Item List VisualThe most needed items for disaster relief are:
 · High-protein canned meals with pop-top cans (ravioli, soups, spaghetti)
 · Single serving meals that do not require refrigeration or cooking/meals ready to eat
 · Single serving snacks such as raisins & granola bars
 · Peanut Butter
 · Infant Formula
 · Hygiene products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
 · Cleaninng supplies (wipes preferred)

 · Paper goods and products (paper towels, paper plates/cups/napkins, plastic utensils)

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 FIND HELP

If you have been affected by Hurricane Irene in central or eastern North Carolina and are in need of food assistance, search our directory to find a Food Bank agency near you.

For long-term assistance, visit the Food & Nutrition Services (Food Stamp) Program website for eligibility and application information.

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MORE ON DISASTER RELIEF

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has a long history of responding to natural disasters. With the devastation of the 2005 hurricane season, the Food Bank sent nine truckloads of relief food and essentials to help the victims of the hurricanes in the Gulf Coast. The Food Bank distributed over 233,000 pounds of food to that area. In April 2011, the organization distributed nearly 500,000 pounds of disaster relief product to partner agencies affected by the tornadoes in the hardest hit counties in its 34-county service area.

Read more about the Food Bank's disaster relief efforts.

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Be Prepared!

Disaster Checklist ThumbnailAs a public service, the Food Bank has produced a list of the top 10 things you should do to prepare for an emergency. Click here to request our "Be Prepared" checklist.

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