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Community Unites to Help Montgomery County Food Bank Prepare for Hurricane Season

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX – Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) is committed to addressing food insecurity in Montgomery County by uniting the community to fight hunger. Amid the current economic conditions, MCFB has seen a sharp 45% increase in the number of people served in one month: from 55,000 to 79,000. When a hurricane or other disaster strikes, the need for emergency food and water assistance will quickly increase – making disaster preparedness a vital component of the Food Bank’s operations. This year, forecasters predict a 65% chance of an above average hurricane season according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center’s 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast. With the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and skyrocketing inflation, there is a potential for an exponential surge in the community’s need for food assistance should a hurricane or any other disaster hit Montgomery County.

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From left to right: County Judge Mark J. Keough, Mark Seals with MCOHSEM, Erica Lunn with Kroger, Kristine Marlow MCFB President & CEO, Liz Colvin with Kroger, Teresa Dickerson with Kroger, Crystal Sotomayor with Walmart, Victor Nivens with H-E-B and MCFB Board Member, Kathy Rifaat with MCFB, Bill Ledbetter with MCOHSEM Jason Millsaps, Executive Director of MCOHSEM, and John Kreger with MCFB

To prepare, Montgomery County Food Bank works closely with its community partners. Local grocery retailers H-E-B, Kroger, and Walmart have united to help the Food Bank in its disaster preparedness efforts by donating truckloads of water bottles. Through a close relationship between MCFB and Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (MCOHSEM), the donated emergency water is being stored at the MCOHSEM facility, allowing the Food Bank more storage space in its warehouse. In the event of a disaster requiring immediate food and water relief, MCFB will work closely with MCOHSEM and provide assistance throughout Montgomery County.

 

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“At Montgomery County Food Bank, our mission is to unite the community to fight hunger,” said Kristine Marlow, President and CEO of Montgomery County Food Bank. “This is a perfect example of our mission in action. With the generous support of our retail and community partners, we can ensure that those in need receive assistance now and when disaster strikes. I am incredibly grateful for the loyal support of our community.”

Through partnerships with county officials, retail partners, donors and an extensive network of partner agencies, Montgomery County Food Bank will be able to assist in meeting the need before and after a disaster occurs. The Food Bank recommends residents prepare for the hurricane season with a kit of non-perishable food, water and other basic supplies. To stay informed about current conditions and for a list of items to include in an emergency supply kit, visit mctxoem.org.

Financial contributions are the best way to help the Food Bank now and in preparation for future disasters. With its buying and sourcing power, Montgomery County Food Bank can stretch a dollar to provide as much assistance as possible. To donate, volunteer, or find food assistance near you, visit mcfoodbank.org.

 

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Montgomery County Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger relief organization dedicated to uniting the community to fight hunger. Montgomery County Food Bank provides meals to families, seniors and children who lack access to wholesome nourishing food through a network of 80+ partner agencies, local school districts and community partners. Through partnerships with local retailers and wholesalers, Montgomery County Food Bank receives and purposefully distributes donated and surplus food. True to its mission, Montgomery County Food Bank works alongside volunteers, corporate and community partners, and nonprofit agencies to build a community where everyone has access to sufficient, nutritious food.

Montgomery County Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, partner of Houston Food Bank, member of Feeding Texas and distribution partner of Feeding America.

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