Second Harvest Food Bank is preparing to respond as Tropical Storm Barry makes its way to shore.
The food bank says that they are anticipating impacts across parts of the 23-parish are they serve. Those areas include Lafayette, Acadiana, Lake Charles, and Southwest Louisiana, as well as Metro New Orleans and the Northshore.
Donations of emergency supplies are encouraged: Cleaning supplies, gloves, water, non-perishable food items, etc. Supplies may be dropped off at our Lafayette-area facility, located 215 East Pinhook Road. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated, to help respond to both this disaster and our year-round fight against the everyday disaster of hunger.
Monetary donations can be made online at: www.no-hunger.org
"As a first-response disaster relief and recovery organization, Second Harvest maintains a year-round disaster plan, with more than 1,000 emergency boxes of Abbott disaster product on hand, as well as bottled water and thousands of pounds of other supplies that can be utilized in a disaster. Our staff has responded to many similar disasters, both in Louisiana and in neighboring regions. Our trucks are prepared to go on the road as soon as conditions are safe after the storm. We also are in close contact with local, state, and federal agencies year-round and during disasters as part of our overall response plan."
Second Harvest say they will continue operations through tomorrow, Friday July 11, and will evaluate on an hour-by-hour basis.