"Feeding The Gulf Coast" Disaster Relief Needs Your Help

Feeding The Gulf Coast serves seven counties in the panhandle of Florida, from Escambia County in the west to Bay, Holmes, and Washington counties in the east. We are working with Feeding Florida and Feeding America to coordinate disaster response efforts with local Emergency Management Agencies and our partner community organizations in these areas. As we respond to this disaster, we will work around the clock to make sure people in affected communities get the food and water they need to get through this disaster. We will enter affected areas to provide food relief once we are told it is safe to do so by local EMA offices.

Our biggest needs are funding and volunteers. If you wish to donate your dollars, please text MichaelRelief1 to 41444 or visit https://feedingthegulfcoast.networkforgood.com/…/59836-hurr…. If you wish to donate your time, please visit https://www.cervistech.com/acts/console.php…. If you or someone you know needs help with food, call us at (888) 704-FOOD.



Theodore, AL – October 10, 2018

As we begin to see the effects of Hurricane Michael, Feeding the Gulf Coast is collaborating with Feeding America, Feeding Florida, Bay County Emergency Management, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and other disaster responders to prepare to distribute food and water in areas affected by the hurricane.

“Our emergency management access permits are current and we are working around the clock with local government officials to access areas where our help is needed the most. In advance of Hurricane Michael, Feeding the Gulf Coast staged water and MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) throughout its service area to be utilized by evacuation shelters. Additionally, as soon as it is safe to access affected areas, we will be delivering additional support in the form of water and food,” says Cathy Pope, President and CEO of Feeding the Gulf Coast.

Feeding the Gulf Coast serves seven counties along the panhandle of Florida, from Escambia County in the west to Bay, Holmes, and Washington counties in the east. A natural disaster of this caliber has the potential to wipe out food stores in communities for days at a time, or longer. We are deeply concerned for our communities affected by Hurricane Michael and will work to ensure food relief is provided where it is needed most. 

If you are able to assist, Feeding the Gulf Coast will need your help as we emerge from Hurricane Michael. We are asking for volunteers and monetary donations to tackle any upcoming needs. To find out how you can help those affected by Hurricane Michael, please visit: www.feedingthegulfcoast.org. For those seeking food assistance, please call (888) 704-FOOD (3663).



About Feeding the Gulf Coast:

Feeding the Gulf Coast, formerly Bay Area Food Bank, serves a 24-county area spanning south Alabama, south Mississippi and the Panhandle of Florida. In 2017, the food bank distributed over 19 million meals to over 400 church pantries, soup kitchens and other nonprofit organizations throughout its service area. The food bank also operates multiple hunger-relief and nutrition programs, including Summer Meals, Afterschool Meal, Backpack, Disaster Relief, Mobile Pantry and Produce Drop Distributions, Nutrition Education, and SNAP Outreach. Feeding the Gulf Coast is a United Way member agency and a member of Feeding America. For more information, visit www.feedingthegulfcoast.org


Feeding the Gulf Coast’s Non-discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by the USDA.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.


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