Katrina Disaster Relief sends plea for food and financial donations

Northern Illinois Food Bank and America’s Second Harvest Network issue national plea for food and financial assistance for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief

ST. CHARLES—Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of America’s Second Harvest—The Nation’s Food Bank Network, is coordinating the collection of food and funds from this area in response to the need caused by Hurricane Katrina in states that have been impacted, including Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Financial donations from the public and the corporate community are needed to help with the relief effort. Funds raised will go directly to helping Network food banks maintain or resume providing food assistance during this critical time. “The fastest way people can help is by making a financial contribution,” said H. Dennis Smith, executive director of NIFB.

Food banks serving the affected areas include The Daily Bread Food Bank, Miami, Fla.; The Bay Area Food Bank, Theodore, Ala.; Mississippi Food Network, Jackson, Miss.; The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Baton Rouge, La.; Our Daily Bread—SDO, Baton Rouge, La. Under normal circumstances, these food banks collectively serve more than 100,000 people weekly.

Northern Illinois Food Bank has set up collection sites at its three locations – Headquarters: 600 Industrial Drive, St. Charles, – 630/443-6910; Hunger Connection Branch: 320 S. Avon Street, Rockford, Illinois – 961-7283; Lake County Branch: 473 Keller Drive, Park City, – 847/336-3663, to help with the relief efforts and to efficiently get disaster-appropriate items to the victims. NIFB is coordinating efforts to amass donations of food and water and emergency supplies so they can be shipped to facilities in the Gulf Coast. Donations will be accepted at each location during regular business hours. Please call the location nearest you for additional details. The logistics team at America’s Second Harvest is soliciting transportation in hopes of getting these supplies to the affected areas at reduced or no cost.

Volunteers and staff of NIFB will sort, sanitize, and package food for proper shipment to distribution points in the disaster area. All three NIFB locations are seeking additional volunteers to increase food-processing efforts to assist in the relief.

To make a financial donation to directly assist America’s Second Harvest Members in affected areas, visit www.secondharvest.org or call 800-771-2303. To make a financial donation directly to Northern Illinois Food Bank, visit www.northernilfoodbank.org or call 630-443-6910.

In response to Hurricane Dennis earlier this year, the America’s Second Harvest Network provided more than 480,000 pounds of grocery products to the most affected areas. During the 2004 hurricanes that hit the Southeast, Network food banks distributed more than 4 million pounds of food and beverage product.

Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of America’s Second Harvest—The Nation’s Food Bank Network, acquires donated food from retailers, manufacturers, corporations, and community resources and distributes it through its network of 480 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other nonprofit food assistance sites to help the 227,000 people living in poverty in 13 northern Illinois counties including Boone, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will, and Winnebago. Northern Illinois Food Bank has been committed to helping feed hungry people for more than 20 years. For more information on NIFB, call 630/443-6910 or visit www.northernilfoodbank.org.

From the Sept. 7-13, 2005, issue

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