Midwest Food Bank has received a request from the Salvation Army for six additional loads of family food boxes and at least three loads of bottled water to be sent to Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas.
More than 8 million people in Texas are still experiencing water disruptions, and thousands are still without power.
On Friday, Feb. 19, two loads left Midwest Food Bank’s Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, facility. At least one load will be leaving every day this week. Three loads of bottled water are being prepared for shipment from Midwest Food Bank Georgia in Peachtree City.
The Midwest Food Bank Texas division, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, was without power from Monday through Thursday. Fortunately, no food was lost.
Two loads of water and one load of USDA food boxes have been shipped from MFB Texas to Fairfield and Mexia, Texas. MFB Texas will continue to distribute food to its more than 50 nonprofit partners in this time of increased need.
“With boil orders in effect in many areas, the demand for water is very high,” says David Emerson, Executive Director of MFB Texas. “People are scrambling for basic food and water needs.”
“We’re blessed to be able to live out our mission of providing relief, thanks in large part to our faithful donors,” says Will Garner, Executive Director of Midwest Food Bank Georgia. “We are glad to be able to provide some basic necessities during a time of crisis.”
For those who wish to help, financial donations give Midwest Food Bank the flexibility to quickly and efficiently respond to the needs of the victims. To help cover the cost of the supplies or fuel needed to transport them, visit www.midwestfoodbank.org and click on “Donate.” On the donation form, select “Disaster Relief” as the designation. Alternatively, text @MFB to 52014 to donate.
At this time, volunteer sign-ups are full. Potential volunteers are encouraged to watch MFB’s Facebook page and groups for new opportunities.
Midwest Food Bank has 12 locations, including 10 in the U.S. and one each in East Africa and Haiti. For more information about Midwest Food Bank, please visit their website at midwestfoodbank.org.
Midwest Food Bank is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity. As a faith-based organization, it is the mission of Midwest Food Bank to share the love of Christ by alleviating hunger and malnutrition locally and throughout the world and providing disaster relief; all without discrimination. The organization’s vision is to provide industry-leading food relief to those in need while feeding them spiritually.