On Behalf of Feeding Florida:
BREAD OF THE MIGHTY FOOD BANK PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
In the wake of Hurricane Michael, our statewide network of food banks have united to show what it means to be #PanhandleStrong. We are humbled to see the outpouring of support to assist our efforts, as well as the diligent, selfless work first responders, elected officials, linemen crews, and other disaster relief organizations from outside and inside the Panhandle have committed to get the region up and running again.
When disaster strikes, the Feeding Florida network is on the ground and ready to deliver food and emergency supplies to help people cope in the aftermath. In advance of Hurricane Michael, the network pre-placed 245,000 ready-to-eat meals and 192,000 water bottles in target impact areas.
The Feeding Florida network continues to work closely with its state and federal partners to assess community needs to ensure each impacted individual receives the resources they require. To date, the network has distributed:
668,131 ready-to-eat meals
477,502 food boxes
2,046,250 bottles of water
1,821,044 individual snacks
87,910 general food items
289,504 servings of fresh produce
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, 1-800-435-7352 OR VISIT WWW.FLORIDACONSUMERHELP.COM, WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
As Michael approached the Gulf Coast of Florida, BMFB CEO Marcia Conwell was already preparing to provide relief for those in his path. With a trip to Tallahassee 2 days before Michael would hit she arranged 2 semi’s to be sent with water and food boxes. In partnership with Feeding Florida and the Florida Disaster Relief team BMFB was able to send the food and water to Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Lafayette counties ahead of the storm. We were lucky as our area was spared the worst impact of the storm. But along with BMFB’s mission to feed those in need every day we were there ready to take care of anyone in need of relief from the storm.
The Florida Panhandle was anything but lucky. Michael made landfall as a Category 4 storm and the devastation was catastrophic. Within days it was evident that help was needed for the food distribution in the hardest hit areas. So again BMFB stepped up to the plate as Marcia Conwell went to Bay Area Food Bank in Milton to helplead efforts. After a few days BMFB’s Operations Manager, Wade Atkins and the Warehouse Manager, Fred Thomas were on their way to Panama City. They were there 5 days traveling an hour and a half to and from the worksite each day. The conditions were treacherous and challenging and they gave it their all each day. Marcia was there 11 days.
The Bread of the Mighty Food Bank is here to help feed people in need. Every day and in times of crisis. It is important to us that our donors know how committed we are to feeding those in need. In our community daily. In our state when necessary.
Staff and volunteers working hard to help those in need