UPR board member Aslan Walkon said that this is probably the longest relief effort he has ever participated in.
“This had already been a long haul,” began Walkon. “So many counties affected – the coastal towns have had wind and hurricane damage; the inland towns, as we all know, received the first flood and then a couple days later received the second from the rain that stuck up in the mountains and took its time getting back down to the lowlands. With that being said, we have found a crucial location in Pender county – Rocky Point, NC, to be more specific.”
Walkon sees Pender as a county whose needs are among the most under-met in North Carolina.
“As many of you know, for this deployment in the wake of Hurricane Florence, UPR and Family and Friends Relief Effort (FFRE) have teamed up as always with Organic Valley; but now have also teamed up with Dr. Bronner’s. Very exciting times! To those who are volunteering, wait til you see the kitchen the Bronner’s camp brought. It’s basically a semi-truck that unfolds and becomes massive,” said Walkon.
The hauling of the kitchen was donated by Cajun Navy Foundation and Carolina Disaster Relief.
Walkon said that the need is very much still present in Pender County, and that the feeding operation could possibly become the largest in the area. The fully operational kitchen is currently on the ground trying to get the word out that there are hot meals and food boxes available in Rocky Point, NC. The pop out kitchen provided by Dr. Bronner’s can feed thousands per day.
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