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Brazos Valley Food Bank ready to assist Louisiana evacuees

Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 1:57 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The Brazos Valley Food Bank works with five Super Partner Agencies during hurricane season to help distribute food when needed.

“They stand ready to serve in the event of hurricanes and disasters,” said Shannon Avila, BVFB Programs Director.

Avila said ready-to-eat food, family boxes, and water are delivered and stored at these sites.

“We start out with a small amount that agencies can immediately be prepared to respond in the event of a disaster and then we have more stocked up here,” said Avila.

Avila says since the Brazos Valley is centrally located evacuees tend to head this way when hurricanes hit.

“A lot of times what we see in the Brazos Valley is evacuees come to this area and stay with maybe family or in hotel and motels and our partner agencies are the ones that get contacted so we pre-stock them with goods so they’re ready to service evacuees if they show up in this area,” explained Avila.

“We never know what an evacuee path will look like,” said Ebony Knight, BVFB Operations Director. “We are on a highway, where people are passing through and stay for the night or stay for the week. We’re able to take the things that we have and position them throughout the area where it might be most need.”

Knight said they are waiting for guidance from the state level to help regionally.

“Locally, we prepare to help those at home and that might look like reaching out to our agencies and regionally that might look like working with feeding Texas which is a bigger statewide network that allows us to put those resources that we’re able to hold and stage for whenever that emergency comes actually to use where it’s most needed,” said Knight.

If you or someone you know has been displaced due to Hurricane Ida, you can call 2-1-1 or the Brazos Valley Food Bank at (979) 779-3663 for more information on where to get food needs met.

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