Semi loads of drinks, family food boxes, and cleaning supplies have gone to Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas, to help victims of Hurricane Henri and Ida. Two semi loads of family food boxes will be leaving for Texas this week. Midwest Food Bank has also been actively supporting hurricane victims in Haiti. We continue to provide Disaster Relief and anticipate we will be actively doing so for several more weeks.
On August 14, a devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the southern peninsula of Haiti. Two days later, tropical storm Grace dumped up to 15 inches of rain on Haiti. Midwest Food Bank Haiti shipped earthquake relief sea containers to Haiti and worked with experienced partners on the ground to identify and feed at-risk children and adults.
Midwest Food Bank sent two semi-loads of relief to the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona to help fire victims. Power had been knocked out due to 70 mph winds, so they were thankful for foods that didn't need to be cooked. Drinks were also sent for relief workers.
Midwest Food Bank sent more than 55 loads of Disaster Relief in the first half of 2021. Nearly half of those were to help victims of a rare ice storm in the Southern US. The states affected are Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. For a time beginning in February, a load was sent every day. Here's a brief video:
Victims of flooding in Georgia and Texas also received loads of MFB Disaster Relief this year.
For those wishing to help, monetary donations give Midwest Food Bank the ability to most efficiently and quickly supply help to those in crisis. You may give by texting @MFB to 52014 to donate or use the form above. On the form, select “Disaster Relief” for the designation.
• $500 covers the average trucking cost of transporting a load of donated food to Midwest Food Bank.
• $100 fills four Disaster Relief family food boxes.
• $ANY amount provides help to someone in need.
Some of video and news coverage of our 2020 Disaster Relief efforts:
Thirty semi-loads of disaster relief were sent to victims in 2019. This includes hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, and family food boxes. Despite bureaucratic difficulties, MFB worked with other non-profits to get Disaster Relief to the victims of Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas.
Disaster Relief sent 30 semi-loads in 2019, including help for:
• Flooding victims in Omaha, NE, Davenport, IA, Jerseyville, Harding, and East Carondelet, IL, Harlingen, Arlington, and Beaumont, TX.
• Tornado victims in Jefferson City, MO, and Dayton, OH.
• Hurricane Dorian victims in West Palm Beach, FL, and The Bahamas.
Midwest Food Bank is blessed to be able to provide a way for people to help support our neighbors. Here are the ways you can bring help and hope:
1. Pray for those who are displaced and hungry. Their best help will come from the LORD.
2. Donate financially. Midwest Food Bank has many buying partnerships, and with our not-for-profit status, we will maximize your donation, increasing your purchasing power. Funds will be used to purchase food for Disaster Relief boxes and to cover the cost of transporting them. Any funds received that go beyond the needs for specific disasters will assist in future disasters.
To make a donation, text @MFB to 52014, or please use the form above.
Please watch the Facebook page of your local Midwest Food Bank for volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your concern and your heart to help those who are suffering loss.