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Unified Efforts Continue to Provide Meals to Communities

Release date: 
October 13, 2017
Release Number: 
DR-4339-PR NR 012

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – In the next seven days, 20 million meals and more than 11 million liters of water are arriving on Puerto Rico.    

To date, FEMA, working in coordination with federal partners, provided more than 8 million meals, and 6 million liters of water to Puerto Rico.  At the direction of the government of Puerto Rico, FEMA and its partners deliver commodities to Regional Staging Areas (RSA) across the island, where mayors and local officials from municipalities can pick up food, water and other supplies.

Additionally, FEMA is sending direct shipments of meals and water to municipalities designated by PREMA.  These shipments can be delivered by truck, or in cases where roads are inaccessible, by air.  This is the longest air support food-drop mission in the history of the Agency.

FEMA delivers roughly 200,000 meals a day.  This is supplemented by the more than 300,000 additional meals distributed each day by organizations like the Salvation Army, Feeding America, the American Red Cross, World Central Kitchen, Convoy of Hope, World Vision, and Southern Baptist. These groups, along with other voluntary agencies, deliver and distribute across the island, to shelters and to senior centers on a daily basis.

The Departmento de Educacion is providing meals to more than 5,700 occupants in shelters, and distributing food to 224 schools working as community food centers, while also allowing children to do activities on site.

As more stores open across the island where food, water, and other commodities can be purchased, there will be a lesser need for provided meals and water, allowing FEMA and its partners to continue to focus on the harder to reach communities. 

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Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 11:59