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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

katrina press release

The Food Depot and America’s Second Harvest Network issue national plea for financial assistance for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief
[Northern New Mexico], [August 31, 2005] – With Hurricane Katrina devastating communities across the central Gulf Coast and leaving tens of thousands of residents without shelter, The Food Depot has moved into disaster response mode to help sister food banks directly impacted by the wrath of the ferocious storm.
America’s Second Harvest—The Nation’s Food Bank Network is in need of food and funds to respond to Hurricane Katrina in states impacted by the disaster including Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. The Food Depot is a member of the America’s Second Harvest Network, the largest domestic hunger-relief agency. Currently, at least ten food banks and hundreds of their local food pantries and emergency shelters have been hit impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
Financial donations from the public and the corporate community are urged to help with the relief effort. Funds raised will go directly to helping Network food banks maintain or resume operations during this critical time. “The fastest and most effective way people can help is by making a financial contribution,” said Executive Director Sherry Hooper of The Food Depot. “In the midst of disaster response, certain types of products are needed at certain times in the life of the response effort. What is collected and sent seldom reflects what is needed.”
To make a financial donation, which will directly assist America’s Second Harvest Members in affected areas, visit or call 800-771-2303. To make a financial donation directly to The Food Depot, people are encouraged to make checks payable to The Food Depot and mail to 1222 Siler Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507.