Harvey Disaster Relief Update

TropicalStormWe want to provide you a status update on the East Texas Food Bank's role in the recovery efforts in the Southeast Texas Costal area from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.  Currently, we are serving as "a hub" for our sister food bank, the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont, to provide support and food for the pantries and shelters they serve in Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk and Sabine counties.  Several truckloads of food and disaster items have been shipped from the East Texas Food Bank to the disaster area.

Here is what we are doing:

  • So far, we have distributed over 400,000 pounds of food to the impacted area.  This includes both donated and purchased product from our warehouse.
  • Truckloads of items such as meals ready-to-eat (MREs), disaster boxes and personal care items have been delivered to Hardin and Jasper counties.
  • We have been in contact with the Southeast Texas Food Bank to identify and meet the needs of their pantries to serve those who need food assistance.  Our staff has worked overtime staging and shipping food in support of Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont and to other affected food banks.  
  • We have loaned a truck and warehouse staff to Southeast Texas Food Bank for as long as they are needed.
  • We continue to monitor our East Texas counties that were affected by the storm to ensure they have enough food items for evacuees.

The recovery from Harvey will be a long road, but with your help, we have made a difference in the lives children, families and seniors.