Salem, OR—After more than 210,000 meals served, the American Red Cross turns over the feeding mission for Oregon wildfire survivors to state agencies and local community vendors.
Since September 7 the American Red Cross has worked with a number of partners, including faith-based and community-based organizations, to provide meals to as many as 2,200 people per day who resided Red Cross sheltering options. As of Friday, October16, the Red Cross will turn over the feeding mission for the approximate 2,000 wildfire survivors who are still sheltered in local hotels, and staying in RVs and other vehicles at outside venues such as county fairgrounds.
The Oregon Department of Human Services, in conjunction with other state agencies, has identified vendors in the fire-affected communities who have already been working with the Red Cross for meal preparation and service. These vendors have been selected to continue food service and will help to ensure that nutritionally balanced and culturally specific meals will continue to be delivered along the same schedule as was established under the Red Cross.
“It’s important to everyone involved in this transition that it is as seamless as possible,” said Ed Flick, director of emergency management, at Oregon Department of Human Services. “The Red Cross and partners have done a phenomenal job and we are committed to continuing to provide these critical resources until shelter clients move to other housing options.”
“Red Crossers have been working with Oregon wildfire survivors for more than a month,” said Dale Kunce of the American Red Cross. “Providing a warm place to stay, meals, and access to information and other resources is what we do. For many, the meals and snacks we serve are not just nourishment. They give people a small sense of normalcy, a bite to eat and a moment to take a breather.”
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