Louisiana donates food to OK tornado victims
POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 7:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Today, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., announced Louisiana companies are donating a significant amount of food and supplies to a food bank in Moore, Oklahoma following the devastating tornado there.
“It is a humbling experience when you need help. What makes this country great is the generosity that comes from our citizens and local businesses,” said Strain.
“Louisiana has been the recipient of much assistance in the past from other parts of the country because of catastrophic events such as hurricanes. This is a chance for us to give back to those who are in need,” added Strain. “Once again, our Louisiana citizens and companies are proving to be extremely generous.”
- Farmers Rice Milling Company out of Lake Charles, La. is donating one ton of rice.
- Blue Runner Foods out of Gonzales is donating 1,200 cases of beans to feed up to 65,000 people.
- Silgan Containers donated the cans for the beans.
- Clarion Inn and Turner Industries each donated $1,000 toward the food products.
- Robert’s Distributors is donating $600 toward the purchase of fuel for the delivery of the food.
- Zapp’s Potato Chips also donated several pallets of potato chips.
- Gonzales and East Ascension Rotary Clubs donated four pallets of water, paper towels, Gatorade and liquid soap.
- Truck owner Lester Duplessis will be delivering the food to Moore, Ok.
The EF-5 tornado struck the Oklahoma City suburb on May 20, 2013. At least 24 people were reported killed and nearly 400 injured.
“I’d also like to thank the leadership here in Ascension Parish – Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, Parish President Tommy Martinez and Sheriff Jeff Wiley for everything they’ve done to support this effort,” added Strain.