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Food Bank deploys to storm-hit areas

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Mike Teleky, interim operations manager at Food Bank of the Albemarle, uses a forklift to move food supplies designated for hurricane relief, in the food bank’s warehouse in Elizabeth City, on Monday.

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From staff reports

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hungry residents in areas most affected by Hurricane Dorian may soon be benefiting, if not already, from services provided by Food Bank of the Albemarle.

“We are deploying trucks to fringe coastal areas of Dorian’s (path) and are waiting for clearance to enter the highly affected zones,” said Liz Reasoner, the regional food bank’s executive director, in a news release. “Food Bank of the Albemarle is assessing damage to our partner agencies who distribute food directly to victims to fully institute our disaster outreach plan to ensure those affected by the storm have food and water.”

Food Bank of the Albemarle is the primary agency for collecting, receiving and distributing food donations and supplies to partner organizations, such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and county officials.

Much of the Food Bank’s focus since Hurricane Dorian passed over the region on Friday has been in Currituck, Dare and Hyde counties, the release states. Trucks were also loaded with food and water and sent to surrounding counties, such as Washington and Beaufort.

Hurricanes and other natural disasters make it even tougher for residents already struggling with hunger. In part that’s because suddenly other residents who have never sought food assistance are seeking help from food pantries, too. Power outages and structural damage to homes may also exacerbate the need for food pantry services.

“We expect a significant increase in the demand for food assistance,” Reasoner added. “We are asking the community to step up donations of funds, food and volunteer time as we cannot meet this incredible need without community support.”

How you can help

To support Food Bank of the Albemarle with a monetary donation, visit afoodbank.org, or mail the donation to the following address: Food Bank of the Albemarle P.O. Box 1704 Elizabeth City, NC, 27906-1704.

Volunteers are also needed to help sort and receive donated food items, and to fulfill a number of other responsibilities. For more information on how to volunteer, visit afoodbank.org/volunteer, or call volunteer manager Brian Gray at 252-562-8148. He can be reached by email at brgray@afoodbank.com.

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