JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 7, 2017 Feeding Northeast Florida, the local Feeding America food bank, is prepared for the effects of Hurricane Irma. The food bank’s efforts entail pre-disaster readiness and post-disaster response.

The food bank’s role during a hurricane or other natural disaster is not to act as a first responder, but to work cooperatively with other disaster relief organizations, such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the United Way, and serve as an avenue for distributing food and other essential grocery items to them and to our partner hunger-relief organizations.

“Our team is keeping a very close eye on Hurricane Irma’s developments and stand ready to deploy help and resources in any ways we can before and after the storm passes,” said Feeding Northeast Florida CEO Luke Layow. “Our Disaster Response Plan is in place, our warehouse is staged and ready and our team is prepared to assist our community, our state and beyond. Feeding Northeast Florida is in it for the long haul after the storm.”

The Feeding Northeast Florida leadership team is participating in daily conference calls with Feeding Florida, the state affiliate of 14 regional food banks. Feeding Northeast Florida is also maintaining a line of communication with the City of Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness Division, along with local, state and federal elected officials.

Prior to the storm’s arrival, Feeding Northeast Florida hunger-relief partners are visiting the Food Bank’s warehouse on the Westside to stock up on food and other essential items. Once the hurricane passes, Feeding Northeast Florida will assess the needs of its eight-county service area: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties. Feeding Florida and Feeding America will also assess the needs of other sister food banks. Feeding Northeast Florida stands ready to respond, working with the Feeding Florida and the Feeding America network and with other disaster relief organizations, to make donated food and other essential grocery items available to those in greatest need.

Those interested in making a donation to Feeding Northeast Florida to assist with disaster efforts may do so HERE.