Food bank ships out relief to Oklahoma disaster zone

Food bank ships out relief to Oklahoma disaster zone

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PHOENIX -

St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix is sending food and water to those in need in Oklahoma, and you can help too. We were there Thursday afternoon as semi-trucks were being loaded up.

62,000 bottles of water and 100,000 pounds of food from St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix were loaded onto two semi-trucks headed to Moore, Oklahoma, the area devastated by Monday's deadly tornado.

"These are things they're really going to be things they want to have on the ground in Oklahoma," says Jerry Brown, Dir. Public Relations at St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.

Along with thousands of bottles of water there are 1,500 meals ready to eat -- MREs. Emergency food boxes are a 3- to 4-day supply of food for a family of 3 or 4.

"This is kind of a difficult time for us to be giving out this much food, but when tragedy strikes and somebody asks you to help out, the first thing you say is how much can we help out," says Brown.

Jerry Brown says donations go down in the summer while the need goes up. They're asking the public for help.

"If residents can help us with replenishing supplies, both bottled water and nonperishable food and cash, by going to firstfoodbank.org. Or you can make nonperishable food and water donations at both St. Mary's, and any Goodwill locations in the valley will accept donations. All of our food drive boxes are right up in front."

After loading up in about an hour, the trucks were off to Oklahoma where they're expected to be off-loading supplies Friday morning.

Online: http://www.firstfoodbank.org/


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