Feed the Children and The NASCAR Foundation Respond to Urgent Hurricane Florence Needs for 1,200 Families in Belhaven and Surrounding Communities

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Local partners to distribute much-needed food and supplies for disaster recovery

BELHAVEN, N.C., September 26, 2018September 27, 2018 – The NASCAR Foundation will be working alongside hunger-relief organization Feed the Children and Church’s Outreach Network to distribute food, daily essentials and disaster relief supplies to as many as 1,200 families in Belhaven and surrounding communities such as Kinston, Washington, Pantego, Mesic, New Bern, Chocowinity and Bath that were affected by Hurricane Florence. Residents will be able to drive through at 851 US Highway 264 E. on a first-come, first-served basis to receive supplies to help them recover from the storm. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or until supplies run out.

Three Feed the Children semi-trucks will arrive in Belhaven that morning, carrying much-needed supplies and food. Each family will receive a 25-pound box of food such as canned vegetables, peanut butter and mac ‘n cheese; a 15-pound box of essentials like personal-care items such as shampoo, razors and toothpaste; and additional food items.

When it comes to providing much needed assistance to families in need, our NASCAR Family is always ready and willing to lend a helping hand,” The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director Nichole Krieger said. “We are proud to partner with Feed the Children to provide critical resources to help this community and extend our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by Hurricane Florence.”

Hurricane Florence swept across the Carolinas earlier this month, displacing approximately 1.5 million people and causing nearly catastrophic flooding. Feed the Children and The NASCAR Foundation are working diligently with community partners to make sure families get the resources needed as they rebuild.
“We are grateful to work with organizations like The NASCAR Foundation and Church’s Outreach Network to help the thousands of Belhaven-area families affected by Florence,” said John Ricketts, Director of Disaster Services at Feed the Children. “Recovery efforts are just beginning, and our neighbors still need our help. It’s times like these we all need to work together to make a brighter tomorrow.”

While many community partners are stepping forward to provide support, North and South Carolina residents still need important items such as shelf stable food, daily essentials,cleaning supplies and water. You can provide relief by making a gift to help fulfill needs such as these.

Feed the Children is accepting monetary donations to assist those affected by Hurricane Florence. Visit feedthechildren.org/hurricaneflorence to join their efforts.

About Feed the Children

Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.

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