When a hurricane hits, every second counts – it’s critical for families and communities to prepare in advance. That’s why today, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida along with Abbott and Feeding America are helping the Orlando community get ready just days before the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1.
On Wednesday, May 29, more than 50 Abbott employee volunteers from the company’s diagnostics facility in Orlando assembled 1,000 “disaster relief packs,” which will be stored at Second Harvest until needed in Central Florida or other areas in the Southeast. This helps fill a critical need until traditional relief efforts can provide ongoing support. Packs assembled at the food bank last May were among the first items distributed to Florida’s Panhandle following Hurricane Michael last October.
Each disaster relief pack can meet a family’s immediate nutritional needs for three days and does not require warming or refrigeration. The packs contain Abbott nutrition products, such as nutritional bars and drinks for adults and children, and rehydration solutions.
Nationally, Abbott and Feeding America have worked together on the disaster pack initiative since 2006, providing more than 150,000 people with needed nutrition following a hurricane, tornado, or other disasters.