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Prior to Hurricane Sandy we were working with the Mountaineer Food Bank on a project for low income individuals who lost food during this summerís derecho. With the damages and power outages from Sandy, the need is even more amplified.

On June 29, 2012, a line of severe storms ripped through West Virginia causing widespread damage, including extensive, sustained power outages during record high temperatures. At one point, 672,000 people were without power; for some that power outage went on for weeks. More than 200,000 homes in West Virginia are again without power due to Hurricane Sandy.

Daily feeding programs addressed immediate needs, but did not replace lost food caused by the power outage. For many on a fixed income, that loss has caused a significant hardship. Frozen foods and dairy products, particularly meat and frozen vegetables, were lost and need to be replaced. The attached flyer explains a multi-agency effort to increase commodities, cash and deer donations through the Mountaineer Food Bank.

Community groups such as, churches and service providers will inform individuals that food will be available at one of the 691 local food pantries or Senior Centers.  For West Virginians on a fixed income, the challenge of limited resources makes recovery more difficult. Many people do not have three meals a day and rely heavily on food pantries to feed their families and themselves. Grants, gifts and help from family and neighbors are critical to their support system. Because of the storm and increased demand on food banks and pantries, there is an even greater need for donations of food, in particularly frozen and refrigerated food.

The state has a low median income rate ($37,435) and a high poverty rate (17.4%). And 14.7% of households and 21.1% of children do not have regular meals.

Support for this multi-agency approach is greatly needed. Please donate to Mountaineer Food Bank to help West Virginians impacted by the severe storm.

Thanks!
Kathy

Kathy Fulton
Director of Operations
American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN)
Office: 863.668.4238
Mobile: 863.559.6188
E-Mail: Kathy@ALANaid.org


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