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Georgia meals enroute to Gulf victims

September 27, 2005

Dougherty County -- An organization normally used to help feed people in third world countries is taking a step back, and making their packaged meals available to Gulf Coast evacuees.

On Thursday, the Secretary of Defense - Humanitarian Assistance Program received a call asking them for their help.  "This was called in a request from FEMA, and once it was approved we just jumped in on it," said Dean Steuer, Humanitarian Assistance Program Materials Examiner & Identifier. 

A jump that meant emptying out their warehouse and helping victims of Katrina. "It's no problem, that is what we are here for, if there is an emergency, a disaster, we all jump in; it's a team effort," said Steuer.

A team that has managed to fill 50 trucks with $3.6 million worth food in less than one week.

More than 800,000 Humanitarian Daily Rations filled the shelves of this warehouse; now less than 16,000 remain. Workers here say they can't get them out quick enough and into the hands of those who need them most.

"Normally these go to third world countries," said Steuer. "Here we get a chance to help our own people, Americans helping Americans, and everybody just was hyped and jumped in on it.

Their positive attitude was evident in their work, taking less than 10 minutes to load a truck. And by the look of things, you dont want to get in their way.

The Humanitarian Assistance Program is backed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and housed at the MCLB. The last truck left Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM. All supplies should reach Texas and Louisianna by Wednesday afternoon.


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