Forgive me for being so candid about resources and AICB’s ability to respond to the devastating tornadoes in Moore, but its been my experience that anything less just breeds talk and no action. My wife and I are fighting to launch a new business and she is going into the hospital for major surgery early next week. If we are to launch a response at this moment in time, here is a list of needs that would have to be coordinated.
1) AICB has funds to fill about 250 buckets, about 15,000 meals. Each bucket costs about $25 with the food we have traditionally put in them, which includes $2.50 for the bucket itself. Our standard fare contents serve up about 40,000 calories, or about 20 days of 3 meal 2000 calorie days.
Alternatively, we also send “Baby “Buckets” that cost a little more, but require no cooking. They’re more accurately toddler buckets.
Sending these buckets would deplete funds, so getting money to replenish would be important. 100% of the money AICB takes in goes to the direct costs of buying, packaging and distributing food. We have no operating overhead.
2) We have about 500 empty buckets. After that, we’re out.
3) We have a place to pack buckets, are happy to give use of our truck and trailer to make the trip.
Volunteers needed to mount a Response:
4) A person to do the shopping for the food and delivery to our staging area
5) A person to coordinate and lead a group of people to (1) dust off empty buckets as they are stored in a barn (2) stage buckets and food, and (3) pack and load the buckets into a trailer. For this trip, we suggest 250 buckets in an enclosed horse trailer we have that we had bigger axels installed to carry the weight, as buckets full of food weigh more than horses.
6) Someone to drive the buckets to a suitable recipient in Moore.
Keep in mind…you have to have a person on the ground there to receive and distribute the buckets. In the past, we have packed staple food items in the buckets that require cooking. So people who are homeless, can’t really use the buckets as we’ve packed them in the past. In the USA, shelters who were cooking for displaced people got our buckets, or people who lost their jobs temporarily got our buckets. So in looking for a recipient, we need to keep that in mind.
Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org with the numbered task above that you’d be willing to volunteer for, and if you want to give money to AICB to help with this effort or to replenish funds for future efforts, give through our online page…
If a team to respond exists, AICB would certainly give its resources. But regrettably, I personally cannot lead the effort at this particular moment in time.