Drax Biomass donates $20,000 to Louisiana hurricane relief

Drax Biomass has donated $20,000 (€17,000) to help communities in north-eastern and central Louisiana affected by Hurricane Laura.

The funds donated are going to hurricane relief efforts driven by the United Way of Northeast Louisiana and the United Way of Central Louisiana, as well as the Food Banks of Northeast and Central Louisiana.

In the immediate relief efforts, United Way concentrated on food assistance for vulnerable people with limited resources who could not access mass food distributions and helped those whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged by the hurricane. The Food Bank distributed food to agencies and people in affected areas.

Drax Biomass senior vice-president, Matt White, said: “Hurricane Laura has been devastating to many communities in the region. It’s come at a difficult time as we’re all still dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s important to support the people and communities in the areas where we operate. That’s why we’re donating $20,000 (€17,000) to help local relief efforts. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the hurricane.”

“We’ve faced three disasters this year – the pandemic, a tornado and most recently, a hurricane,” said Jean Toth, executive director of the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. “The support we received from Drax Biomass has helped us to set up large, drive-through food distributions in the five most impacted parishes, helping our neighbours replace the food they lost due to power outages.

“Support from local businesses like Drax Biomass has enabled the Food Bank to purchase much-needed food and supplies so we can re-stock our shelves and help those facing hunger in Northeast Louisiana.”

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