Feeding America's response to the recent series of disasters has been immediate and it is expected that our member food banks will be in emergency mode for many months as they address the additional demand for food and grocery items. As temporary shelters and disaster distribution centers begin to close, the Feeding America network will continue to address unmet needs for the weeks and months of long-term recovery to come in communities like Joplin, Missouri.
On May 22, a massive and deadly tornado cut through the city of Joplin, Missouri, leaving a 6-mile path of devastation in its wake. The tornado in Joplin is the latest in a string of deadly tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding this season that have killed hundreds and left thousands homeless or struggling to find basic necessities like food and clean drinking water.
In the face of these types of challenges, Feeding America does more of what we do best 365 days a year—we feed people. Through our network of warehouses, we deploy trucks and logistical solutions to deliver food, water and supplies to at-risk people. Funds raised will provide support for additional expenses incurred during a crisis including fuel and labor costs—as hundreds of workers move millions of items from unaffected areas to communities struggling in the aftermath of the devastation.
We are supporting member food banks as they respond to tornadoes, flooding and severe storms. More than 6.6M pounds of food have been secured for families including those affected by the Joplin tornado. Your generous gift will provide support and relief to victims of disasters, like the recent tornado disaster in Joplin, MO. On those rare occasions where donations exceed Feeding America expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used for network support where the need is most pressing.