Social Media Does Double Duty

September 12th, 2008 § 1 comment § permalink

September is not just Hunger Action Month; it’s also the height of hurricane season for Gulf Coast residents. For low-income Texas families, hurricane season can be yet another emotional and financial strain – especially with the costs associated with evacuation. While federal programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and non-profits are at the heart of disaster relief, it still takes active participation from the community to put ideas and processes into action.

Yesterday’s HAM-up Grill-up at Whole Foods is one way the social media community helped us do double duty – emergency food relief for both Central Texans and recent evacuees to Central Texas.

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As a line formed to order grilled kabobs, participants donated cash and the five non-perishable food items we’ve requested for disaster relief efforts. Thanks for helping raise $128. We’re still tallying up total for grilled items and nonperishable donations. Whole Foods will place the big blue donation barrel at their store entrance over the weekend to collect even more donations!

Our Twitter friends from Stalelife and Adomatica canceled their Food Drive Bike Ride planned for Saturday’s HAM-up. Instead, they joined forces to collect donations at the Dirt Derby, an Austin-based mountain bike and cyclocross race series. They offered $3 off race fees to every rider who brought at least two nonperishable food items. Donations from riders and spectators enabled them to collect enough food to fill a small shopping cart.

Your donations on the front lines of hunger:

Food Bank staff are on the road, helping deliver emergency food boxes to arriving families in Austin.

Karla Cantu, Agency Relations Director, reports her experience today:

Glenda (Vice President, Community Programs) and I just took water, snacks, diapers and other paper products to Small Middle School. Small Middle School is housing 200 evacuees with 200 more being sent from Crocket High School. Small has a capacity of 415 people which they will meet with the new arrivals.

There were many small babies and disabled. The school, city officials and a Red Cross individual were all doing a great job, and they were very grateful for the water and granola bars. It was evident our help came just in time. We’ll have to come back for additional diapers, adult diapers, water and other items since they quickly went through what we took.

The picture of the family with the small baby is Tyrone, Adanisha and one month old Dizmond who traveled from Galveston. The other baby is Angel Ortiz with his father Uzziel, they also traveled from Galveston.

 

Thank you, 501 Tech Club, Social Media Club Austin, Stalelife, Adomatica, Whole Foods and the social media community, for helping us with disaster relief.

Please continue to visit www.austinfoodbank.org for information on how to help, and how to get help for disaster relief.