Community Coffee supports flood relief efforts through the Salvation Army
Community Coffee Company presented a USD 100,000 check to The Salvation Army to benefit its ongoing efforts to help those in need following devastating flooding in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. The donation is the result of money raised through the sale of specially-marked 16-ounce bags of Community coffee purchased in September and October. The donation funds the Baton Rouge and Lafayette Corps who did so much in the days and weeks after the flood waters receded.
“I can’t say enough about the generosity from Community Coffee,” said Captain Brett Meredith, Baton Rouge Corps Officer. “We had flood water in nine of our ten buildings, and we still need to provide Christmas for so many families across this community. This donation is greatly needed.”
“We served thousands of meals and drinks, passed out hundreds of clean up kits and food boxes, and many families are still hurting from the flooding,” said Major Mel James, Lafayette Corps Officer. “We need partners like Community Coffee to come along side us to meet those needs.”
“Even though we were happy to provide 300,000 cups of Community coffee to flood evacuees and first responders, our work is far from over,” said David Belanger, president and CEO of Community Coffee Company. “We want to ensure our local community continues to get the support and resources needed to get back on our feet and what better way to start than with a cup of Community coffee.”
Relief operations lasted nearly two months and included 3,205 officers, Community Coffee employees and volunteers delivering food, passing out cleaning items, organizing our distribution center, and providing residents who lost everything with emotional and spiritual care.
Relief efforts included:
- 195,979 meals
- 222,367 drinks
- 120,137 snacks
- 20,741 comfort kits
- 8,540 cleanup kits
- 20,894 food boxes
- 24,342 hours of employee and volunteer service
Both corps are preparing to provide Christmas assistance including The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program to families, children and seniors in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.
“This disaster will be remembered by so many across the South,” said Major Steve Morris, Divisional Commander. “Again thank you to Community Coffee for ‘doing the most good’ for two communities who greatly need it.”