Delaware chicken aid heading to Florida

(photo courtesy Allen Harim)

(photo courtesy Allen Harim)

Allen Harim is sending 40 tons of chicken to help feed victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida. 

The Delmarva poultry processor already sent chicken to help Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.

Every year, millions of chickens are grown on Delaware farms to feed thousands of people around the country. Now, some of that chicken is being donated to help victims of Hurricane Irma.

The first shipment of 40,000 pounds of chicken will head to Jacksonville, Florida where the food bank Feeding Northeast Florida will distribute the food to those in need. Feeding Northeast Florida provides food for 160 service agencies in eight counties and helped feed more than 12 million people last year.

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“We felt compelled to help out and sending some of our chicken to help feed those impacted is a small gesture that we hope makes a difference for some,” said Joe Moran, president and CEO of Allen Harim. “On behalf of everyone at Allen Harim, our hearts and prayers are with all the people who have been impacted by the hurricanes this year.”

A second shipment of chicken is headed farther south into Florida. Another 40,000 pounds of chicken will be delivered to the Feeding South Florida food bank near Miami. Irma knocked out power at the food bank causing the food stored in cold storage to spoil. When the power came back on, some of the cold storage units were damaged and wouldn’t turn back on.

Feeding South Florida has been helping the areas hit hardest by Irma, including areas of the Florida Keys and the heavily populated counties of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe.

Earlier this month, Allen Harim sent 40,000 pounds to Houston to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

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