When a hurricane hits, every second counts. Today, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, in partnership with the global health care company Abbott and Feeding America, assembled and stocked 1,000 “disaster relief packs” at the food bank to get ready, before disasters strike.
More than 100 Abbott employee volunteers from the company’s diagnostics facility in Orlando helped assemble the packs, which will allow the food bank to quickly respond to local needs in the event of hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters.
Stored at the food bank, the Abbott disaster relief packs are designed to be given directly to families in need when disaster strikes. Each 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.
Hurricane season starts June 1, and NOAA predicts an active 2018 season. Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, the need to prepare in advance has never been more critical.
Working together with Abbott and Feeding America, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is on the front line of disaster response, providing emergency food assistance to individuals and families in need. Nationally, Abbott and Feeding America have worked together on the disaster pack initiative since 2006, providing more than 150,000 people with needed nutrition through the disaster pack program.