Gleaners Details Harvey Relief and Recovery Efforts
In response to the unprecedented flooding in Houston and south Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana will be collecting and distributing recovery and relief items to Texas. The Houston Food Bank and Feeding Texas will coordinate the distribution once donations arrive on site. Approximately 75% of the shipment will be non-food items, including cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products.
Gleaners is part of the Feeding America network of food banks operating nationwide. As a national organization, Feeding America mobilizes food banks with a focus on recovery and rebuilding. We anticipate the recovery in Texas will last for an extended period.
“We routinely receive donations of non-food items needed as people work to rebuild their lives following a natural disaster such as Harvey,” said John Elliott, President/CEO. “We’re also a FEMA partner agency, storing disaster relief supplies, including cots, for their use when needed.”
Elliott noted that those who wish to donate funds to disaster relief may do so by visiting the Gleaners website or by texting GIVE to (317) 593-2400. “By giving to Gleaners – whether products or dollars – you support local, regional and national efforts to feed hungry people and provide recovery and relief supplies to those impacted by natural disasters.”
Community members and businesses wishing to donate items may bring them to the Gleaners Warehouse at 3737 Waldemere Avenue in Indianapolis. Specific items needed include: diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, bottled water, granola/protein bars, brooms, mops, and paper goods such as toilet paper and paper towels.
These items will be collected, inspected and sorted at Gleaners and loaded onto trailers for transport to Houston. Celadon, Gleaners’ supply chain partner for the Regional Produce Processing Center, has stepped up to handle transportation logistics. Volunteers will be needed to assist in the inspection, sorting and packaging of donated items. Visit gleaners.org/volunteer for information.
“Gleaners has a long history of response to disasters on a local, regional and national level,” said Elliott. He noted that Gleaners has been on the receiving end of disaster supplies from other food banks, including the terrible flooding across south central Indiana in 2008.
For the most up-to-date listing of Harvey relief efforts, volunteer information and needed items, visit gleaners.org