Hurricane Ida Relief

by Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
Hurricane Ida Relief

We are now nearly one year from the date Hurricane Ida hit Southeast Louisiana, but many of our neighbors are still feeling the effects of this devastating storm. We continue increased levels of service in the hardest-hit areas of Lower Jefferson, Lafourche, and Terrebonne Parishes in the Bayou, and the River Parishes of St. Charles and St. John. Many of our partner agencies in these locations remain closed or are operating at reduced capacity due to hurricane damage to their facilities. We are focused on filling those gaps in food access and assisting our partners with their infrastructure needs to ensure they can serve their communities. 

 

We have also been focused on preparing the entirety of our South Louisiana service area for another hurricane season. August - November are considered the peak months of hurricane season, and Second Harvest is ready to serve our neighbors in the event of a natural disaster. 

 

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Hurricane Ida, one of the strongest storms to ever hit the state, caused catastrophic damage throughout Southeast Louisiana. Many communities have returned to something resembling normalcy, but the recovery will take years for the hardest-hit communities. In the more than 7 months since the storm, we have distributed more than 11 million pounds of food, water, cleaning supplies, toiletries, baby items, and more across 14 affected parishes, as well as over 200,000 hot meals. 

 

In the coming months, we will focus our long-term recovery efforts on Lower Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes, where the storm made landfall, and St. John Parish, which experienced devastating flooding. Second Harvest is working on solving several challenges as part of our long-term recovery strategy. Many of our partner agencies in these areas remain closed due to damage to their facilities, creating a decrease in distribution capacity which we must work to fill. We are collaborating with our agencies still in operation to assess the unique and evolving needs of each of these communities and ensure we are adequately meeting them. Temporary distribution locations are filling the gap in areas where pantries have closed.

 

Second Harvest has received support from many organizations to feed people in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, but we know that we will need additional help to maintain these increased levels of service in the months to come. Your support will help fund our logistics and operations to deliver food, water, meals, and supplies to storm survivors in the hardest-hit parishes of Southeast Louisiana, as well as to help our affected partner agencies rebuild their capacity.

 

We will continue to respond to elevated needs for many more months as residents struggle with the financial burden of rebuilding their homes and communities. Thank you for helping those most affected by Hurricane Ida and its short and long-term impacts. We are grateful for all of our donors who trust Second Harvest as the experts to serve those who are most affected in times of disasters. We appreciate your support in helping us provide hope to our community during this difficult time.

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Hurricane Ida made landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane at Port Fourchon, Louisiana on August 29. The storm, one of the strongest to ever hit the state, caused catastrophic damage throughout Southeast Louisiana. At least 14 parishes in our service area have been affected by Ida, with residents experiencing significant damage to homes and structures and extended power outages. While many communities have returned to something resembling normalcy, we know that the recovery will take years for the hardest-hit areas, and we are committed to providing relief to our neighbors for as long as the need is there.

 

Since the day after the storm passed, Second Harvest has mounted an aggressive recovery effort since the storm passed, ensuring food, water, and supplies reach the residents of Southeast Louisiana. In our initial response, we distributed millions of pounds of water, shelf-stable food, cleaning supplies, baby items, and pet supplies, as well as hot, cold, and shelf-stable meals across the 14 affected parishes in our service area: Iberia, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington.

 

As of Monday, December 13, Second Harvest has distributed 9.5 million pounds of food, water, and supplies through more than 2,492 deliveries across these parishes. We are producing thousands of hot, cold, and shelf-stable prepared meals daily in our Community Kitchen and have delivered more than 188,000 meals to seniors, disaster distribution sites, and first responders.

 

In the coming months, we will focus our long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts on the areas most devastated by Ida: the Bayou Parishes, Grand Isle, Lafitte, Plaquemines Parish, and the River Parishes. Many of our partner agencies in these locations remain closed due to damage to their facilities, creating a decrease in distribution capacity which we must work to fill. We will collaborate with our agencies still in operation to assess the unique and evolving needs of each of these communities and ensure we are adequately meeting them.

 

We will continue to respond to elevated needs for many more months as residents struggle with the financial burden of rebuilding their homes and communities. Thank you for helping those most affected by Hurricane Ida and its short and long-term impacts. We are grateful for all of our donors who trust Second Harvest as the experts to serve those who are most affected in times of disasters. We appreciate your support in helping us provide hope to our community during this difficult time.

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana

Location: New Orleans, LA - USA
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Twitter: @2ndHarvestGNOA
Project Leader:
Heather Sweeney
New Orleans, LA United States
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