Partnering with the Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing (ARCH), Second Harvest staff and volunteers delivered trucks of meals and supplies to 13 area hotels where displaced people are staying.
Second Harvest of Acadiana Regional Director, Paul Scelfo, says that meal deliveries are part of the food bank’s year-round disaster efforts.
"We respond to all disaster, even those rare occurrences like a winter storm and we've been preparing since last week for the possibility of this to be a very serious situation," Scelfo said. "Partnering with other local organizations like ARCH is the type of community partnerships that's vital to help the most people as quickly as possible."
Today's deliveries is yet another response by Second Harvest to natural disasters in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. Since March 2020, Second Harvest has provided more than 12 million pounds of food across Acadiana and Southwest Louisiana, helping tens of thousands of neighbors impacted by the ongoing pandemic emergency, as well as survivors of Hurricanes Laura and Delta.
Scelfo says his team is continuing to monitor the winter weather situation. "We are proud to serve our communities in times of disaster, as well as responding to the everyday disaster of hunger."