MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Disaster assistance employees working the Montgomery, Alabama Joint Field Office recently concluded a food drive that collected enough to feed a family of four for more than eight months.
"Our DAEs and state partners working in the JFO really came through for this great cause," said Federal Coordinating Officer Albie Lewis.
At the end of a three-week collection period, non-perishable food items and cash -- the equivalent of 2,770 pounds of food -- had been donated by the approximately 150 employees working DR-1835, DR-1836, and/or DR-1842.
Teressa Vigneault, food drive coordinator for the Montgomery Area Food Bank, said the donations were sorely needed.? "There's a tremendous need," she said. "We've seen a 30- to 40-percent increase in the number of people we serve."
Vigneault said each pound of food feeds one meal to one person.? FEMA and its state partner donated enough to feed a family of four the equivalent of 692 meals, approximately eight months' worth.
"Many of FEMA's DAEs are from out of state," said Brock Long, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency's state coordinating officer.? "The empathy they demonstrated for the people of Alabama is much appreciated."