HAMMOND, La (BRPROUD)- Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger, is working alongside NFL teams to provide relief for those affected by Hurricane Ida in the Hammond community.
The Minnesota Vikings, Jake Reed (retired wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings), JR Reed (safety for the Los Angeles Rams), Vinita Reed and the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum & Veterans Archives will provide hot meals to families.
A Feed the Children semi-truck will carried critical disaster relief supplies such as:
- Boxes of shelf-stable food and snack items
- Bottled water
- Boxes of hygiene items (such as shampoo, conditioner and baby wipes)
- Cleaning products (such as bleach and sanitizing wipes)
- Laundry detergent
- Assorted children’s books
Weeks after Hurricane Ida, the people of Hammond are still struggling to recover.
“Our streets, you can barely get through them, they have lines still down, a lot of people still without power, we have educators that are coming into the school that don’t even have their home, their staying in shelters, some people staying in cars,” said Brandi Jones, director of Urban Market Experience.
To Vinita Reed, Hammond is home. She said it’s important for the people to know they’ve not been forgotten.
“I just prayed about what I can do to help, some people are still staying in their houses even with trees on top of them,” said Reed said.
Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane Aug. 29.
Now, millions of families in Louisiana are still dealing with the catastrophic damage left behind. Many of the hardest-hit areas remain without electricity, causing them to lose important resources such as food and access to clean water.
The Reed family is also raising cash donations to support its disaster relief efforts with Feed the Children. Visit feedthechildren.org/helpusfeedhammond for more information on how you can help.