We Can Help Less Fortunate Homeowners

May 29, 2011

This last week, the Chicago area experienced the largest rainfall since July of last summer, and as a result, many Chicago homeowners dealt with wet basements and garages (including this one).

What we are experiencing, however, is a far cry from the scene in Joplin, Missouri, where many homeowners lost their homes to a tornado on May 22.

Those residents are also without electricity and running water, and there is something you can do to help.

volunteers packing up disaster relief boxes

Volunteers help Joplin residents in the relief effort.

“With no power in thousands of homes, the refrigerated and frozen food supplies of thousands of families have spoiled. Many area residents will depend on the food bank and other local resources to help provide them with food, water and other grocery products while they get back on their feet,” said Bart Brown, President and CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest. “After a disaster like this, almost everyone affected is at risk of living with hunger, or on the brink of it, at least for a short time.”

Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks, is collecting food and other living supplies that it will send by the truckload to the Missouri area. Network members are addressing both the immediate and long-term needs of the community.

“Whenever a disaster strikes, our network immediately pulls together to provide emergency food, water and other grocery products to those directly affected by the disaster, as well as the relief workers and volunteers,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America.

“We anticipate a dramatic increase in need for food in the Joplin area for the weeks and months ahead. We are working to ensure that our food banks will have a full supply of nutritious and healthy food for those in need.”

Feeding America needs up to $1.5 million in funds to secure and distribute non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, garbage bags and personal hygiene items.

To donate, visit And, be thankful that you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

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