Disaster Relief

In the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Michael, our food banks work in overdrive to make sure those impacted have the food and supplies to cope. The Georgia Food Bank Association helps to coordinate statewide efforts and ensure the food banks have the resources they need to assist those affected.

Georgia’s food banks are uniquely equipped to respond after a disaster through their high capacity warehouse spaces, fleets of trucks, and a nationwide logistics network. And, long after other disaster organizations have left, our food banks continue to play a critical role in helping these individuals and communities recover in the months and years to come.

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Preparedness

Develop collaborative disaster plans & stage emergency supplies

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Response

Deliver emergency supplies

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Recovery

Serve affected communities in the weeks, months and years to follow

Leading Up to Disasters

Leading up to and immediately following disasters, the Georgia Food Bank Association works closely with Feeding America, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management Agency), GA VOAD (Georgia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), and other disaster relief agencies to:

  • Identify what and where the immediate needs are
  • Secure additional food and resources for the food banks
  • Coordinate the staging and distribution of these resources with our food banks and partners
  • Advocate for governmental resources and policies that will provide critical assistance to these victims.

How can you help when there is a disaster?

Donating money

Donating money is the best way to help our food banks to prepare, respond, and recover from a disaster. It allows us to allocate resources freely when and where they are most needed. To donate, please go to our donate page.

Think twice

Think twice before donating food, water or supplies. Although these items are often needed, we sometimes run into logistical challenges like too much of a certain product, or difficulty in storing. To provide the most help, ensure the product is being specifically requested before donating.