No, this is not a sensationalist post, warning of the dire consequences of hurricane season… instead it is a wonderful report on volunteers doing sensible preparations. VOAD, which stands for Volunatry Organizations Active in Disaster, brought together over 200 people from different volunteer organizations to create 2,000 disaster relief packs so they are ready to go in the event they are needed.
The volunteers met this past Wednesday at the Walt Disney World Hilton. The packs will be pre-positioned at local food banks across the state in advance of hurricane season through an innovative partnership between the global health care company Abbott and Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The service project is being organized in partnership with VOAD and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
The relief packs will serve 6,000 people across Florida, and are designed to be given directly to families affected by hurricanes or other natural disasters. Each pack can meet a family’s immediate nutritional needs for three days. They contain Abbott products such as nutritional bars and drinks for adults and children, and rehydration solutions.
“Feeding America is extremely grateful for Abbott’s partnership and for donating disaster relief packs for the National VOAD service project,” said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “This commitment of resources will allow the pre-positioning of disaster relief packs at strategically important locations throughout Florida.”
Hats off to these companies, volunteer organizations, and individuals for their time and effort! (Now, let’s hope these relief packs won’t be needed this season!)