October 15: Share Our Strength’s Statement on Response to Hurricane Michael
October 2: Share Our Strength’s Statement on the Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami
September 18: Share Our Strength’s Response to Hurricane Florence
August 16: How Share Our Strength is Helping Kids Impacted by the California Wildfires
June 22: How Share Our Strength is Helping Kids Affected by the Crisis at the Texas Border
A Note for Our Friends in California
Our hearts are breaking for our friends in California, who are battling some of the deadliest wild fires in the state’s history. Those in the area affected by the Camp Fire are particularly struggling, as the death toll has risen to 63, bringing the statewide count to 66. More than 600 people have now been reported missing, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Still today, the fire is only 40 percent contained.
Share Our Strength will be making a donation to the Community Action Agency of Butte County to help feed children and families through the North State Food Bank. The funds will support food storage and delivery costs that have skyrocketed in the wake of the fire. The agency is also planning a recovery framework, and is rolling out targeted lodging and income assistance as the main evacuation centers and shelters have been maxed out.
To learn more about the Community Action Agency of Butte County, please visit www.buttecaa.com.
The best way to help children is to build sturdy, comprehensive systems they can depend on for food, shelter, education and health care. But we also know that in times of crisis, different strengths are needed.
When disasters strike communities, like the 2017 floods in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico, Share Our Strength mobilizes our network and swiftly provides resources to help. Because we have long-term relationships with effective community groups around the country, we’re able to quickly identify the people on the ground who are in the best position to turn funding into desperately-needed resources, like food and water.
Finally, we make sure that the people and communities hardest hit by disasters are part of our strategic plans, whether that means increased resources to those areas over the long term or additional fundraising and grants specific to their needs.
Restaurants for Relief
One of the ways we help is through Restaurants for Relief, which gives the restaurant industry resources to mobilize when disaster strikes. In the immediate wake of a tragedy, chefs and culinary professionals are among the first responders in a community, launching their own fundraisers to help those in need. Share Our Strength aids and assists culinary professionals with relief and recovery efforts by identifying trusted local organizations in the affected communities to which funds can be directed – all within 72 hours following a disaster. Chefs and restaurants can feel confident their contributions are going to an effective recipient and together, we help communities to recover.
If you’re a chef, restaurant owner, or culinary professional who would like to be a part of Restaurants for Relief, join our list.