Helping Families Following Hurricanes

$500,000 match donation and truck filled with nutrition products build on Abbott's longtime support for Feeding America.

Sustainability | Oct. 22, 2020

Abbott is stepping up to assist communities across Louisiana and the Gulf Coast as they recover from recent hurricanes, helping to provide what's most needed, when it's needed most.

Now more than ever, these communities need our help. That's why Abbott joined the "Good Morning America" show today in raising funds to support our longtime partner Feeding America's vital work to help food banks meet the needs of local families. We committed to make "Good Morning America" viewers' donations to Feeding America go further by matching them dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000.

You can help us make a difference by donating to the "Good Morning America" campaign to support Feeding America here: FeedingAmerica.org/GMA.

To provide immediate relief, we also sent a truckload of donated Abbott nutrition products worth $20,000 to support Feeding America's work with local food banks. These donations include Pedialyte rehydration solutions and ZonePerfect bars, along with Ensure and PediaSure nutrition drinks.

Residents of the Gulf Coast are recovering after a series of powerful storms struck in recent months, bringing heavy rainfall, damaging winds, flooding and evacuations – all amid the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. These storms include Hurricane Laura in August, Hurricane Sally in September and Hurricane Delta in October.

When a Hurricane Hits, Every Second Counts

Our latest donations build on Abbott's longstanding Disaster Relief Pack partnership with Feeding America, which stocks our nutritional products at local food banks so they are ready before disaster strikes. This means they are available to provide a first wave of relief – filling a critical need until traditional support arrives. This year in Louisiana, we worked together once again with the Second Harvest Food Bank, which already has resulted in 1,000 Abbott packs providing immediate aid for 3,000 people in affected Louisiana communities.

For 15 years, Abbott and Feeding America have collaborated on the Disaster Relief Pack program, working with local food banks in Louisiana, Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico. Abbott and Feeding America's partnership grew from our work together following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when we learned a reactive response wasn't enough. We needed to prepare in advance. In recent years, these packs have helped more than 35,000 people affected by hurricanes and flooding across the region.

The partnership also has extended to the current pandemic. Most recently, Abbott worked with Feeding America to donate more than 1.6 million feedings of Similac infant formula to food banks in cities hard hit by COVID-19. In addition, we're also a longtime supporter of Feeding America's backpack program, which provides important nutrition for children and families when school meals aren't readily available.

Our work with Feeding America is part of our longstanding commitment to support disaster relief efforts around the world. Over the past decade, Abbott and its foundation the Abbott Fund have provided more than $50 million in funding and products to help meet both immediate needs and support long-term recovery efforts globally. For more on this work, click here.