Help for Harvey
HURRICANE HARVEY DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS
The devastation in Texas as a result of the floods is tragic. The loss of life is disastrous, with many other families losing all their material possession. The human suffering there is catastrophic and we understand the need for emergency food relief.
Fortunately, when such disasters strike the spirit of Americans across the country is to help in any way possible. We appreciate the spirit and efforts of everyone who would like to help out in this relief effort.
The Food Bank works to support efforts in disaster areas, such as this, as part of our national organization Feeding America disaster response team. Feeding America coordinates disasters at a national level working with food banks all across the country.
Currently, Feeding America has people in place in Texas who are assessing local needs and the most efficient and effective means of distribution. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is ready to assist in whatever requests are made through Feeding America in conjunction with their national effort.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP
A financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization is the most effective donation to make. Public and private sector support of these voluntary organizations with financial contributions helps to ensure a steady flow of important services to our residents who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. A financial contribution:
- Is the most needed and most efficient way of helping those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
- Allows voluntary organizations to fund response and recovery efforts, obtain goods and services locally, and provide direct financial assistance to Hurricane Harvey survivors to meet their own needs now and as needs change over time.
- Allows you to make a financial contribution to the voluntary organization of your choice.
If you need help in determining where to give, the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) website has a list of vetted disaster relief organizations who are providing services to residents. Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations. You can also check with Feeding America for continuous updates on helping food banks throughout Texas and the country.
If you wish to volunteer in response to Hurricane Harvey, please visit the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website for a list of more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations that include volunteer engagement as a key component of their operations.
Please be patient and do not self-deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden for first responders.
Although the need is great, and desire to help strong, it is important for residents to avoid donating material goods or self-deploying to help until our communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify the specific unmet needs.
Unsolicited donated goods from generous, well-intended donors, such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs, require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
It is the generous spirit of our residents, nonprofits organizations, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies and partners working in a coordinated effort that will most effectively and efficiently help Texans recovery from Hurricane Harvey.
For more information on local efforts visit News on 6.