Food for the Poor and Operation Compassion Partners for Massive Disaster Relief

By , September 5, 2005

Food for the Poor and Operation Compassion announced the partnership of a massive relief effort to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast. Prior to the landfall of the storm, officials for Food for the Poor and Operation Compassion joined forces to stage relief supplies near the region predicted to bare the force of this hurricane.

As it became apparent that this storm would cause devastating damage, Food for the Poor offered to pay for the shipping expense of five hundred semi trucks of disaster relief goods. Because of this commitment, Operation Compassion was able to move more than fifty semis to Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana within the first five days. Thousands of survivors and evacuees have benefited from this massive relief effort.

As part of the strategy, Food for the Poor has sponsored many of the thirty-five disaster relief sites operated by Operation Compassion. All of these sites distribute food, water and other life sustaining supplies. A few of the sites also provide hot meals serving as many as twelve hundred people for each meal. Six sites are housing evacuees in addition to feeding and providing food for other survivors. There are medical clinics, staging sites and a FEMA coordinating site. Below is a list of sites available throughout the Gulf Coast.

  • 35 Total Disaster Sites
  • 19 locations distributing food, water, ice, blankets, etc.
  • 2 locations are Regional Warehouses
  • 6 locations housing evacuees
  • 3 locations serving hot meals (some serve 1200 per meal)
  • 2 locations staging and housing volunteers
  • 1 location coordinating FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
  • 2 mobile medical clinics

Food for the Poor has been instrumental in helping Operation Compassion move disaster relief supplies into devastated areas. Many survivors are having difficulty securing provisions. However, Food for the Poor has managed to make progress in supplying basic needs. Below is a list of some of the supplies available to survivors.

Sampling of Disaster Relief Supplies

  • Bottled Water (individual size bottles up to gallon , mobile tankers)
  • High Protein Snack Foods (peanut butter, cheese, beef jerky, energy bars, pop-top cans of nuts, tuna, etc.)
  • Snack Foods (crackers, Pop Tarts, cookies, pretzels, etc.)
  • Institutional Food – for feeding sites providing hot meals
  • Assorted Beverages
  • Non-perishable Foods
  • Candy
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Disinfectant
  • Bleach
  • Laundry Items
  • Personal Hygiene Items (toilet tissue, wet wipes, feminine hygiene items, etc.)
  • Personal Care Items (bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, combs, brushes, shampoo, razors, etc.)
  • First Aid Items (band-aids, gauze, antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, blankets, etc.)

Food for the Poor and Operation Compassion has committed to continue their efforts for the duration of this national emergency. Through their partnership, Food for the Poor is setting an impeccable example of cooperation for other major charitable organizations to follow across the country.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Director
Tim Burdashaw, International Operations Coordinator

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax
www.operationcompassion.org

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