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Feeding The Hungry After A Storm


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Volunteers sort food at Second Harvest of Central Florida's distribution Center in Orlando. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Volunteers sort food at Second Harvest of Central Florida's distribution Center in Orlando. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

With the storm approaching, what about those Floridians who need a little extra help to put food on the table? Second Harvest of Central Florida’s Greg Higgerson says about a million pounds of emergency food supplies are ready to go for Dorian.

“We’re talking about pallets of water, Meals Ready to Eat, MREs, we even begin building what we call our family boxes, so these are disaster boxes that weigh about 35 pounds each, and have roughly a 3 or 4 day supply of food.”

“As the emergency food supply for the community we really are called on in an over and above way during a storm recovery.”

Higgerson says a million pounds of food may sound like a lot, but it could go quickly.

“We’ve seen distributions of three million pounds or more after hurricanes. If we need more than that, we will rely on the Feeding America network of foodbanks around the country, as well as the local community, those who can help, to provide the extra help.”


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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