Food bank donates more than 1,000 pounds of food to flood victims

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Help is on the way for more than 160 people displaced by flooding in Whitehaven last weekend, when many across the Mid-South got several inches of rain.

They were forced out of their homes because of the rising waters, and their lives were turned upside down.

Almost a week later, representatives from the Mid-South Food Bank and American Red Cross said the victims are starting over and need all the help they can get.

"Some of the people I've talked to say they waded out in water up to chest high," Bob Wallace with the American Red Cross said.

Thanks to the Mid-South Food Bank, one essential - food - is now in the hands of the people who lived in the Wheel Estate Mobile Home Park.

"We want to do everything we can to make sure that they have healthy, nutritious food in order to help sustain them in these trying times," John Livingston, who with the food bank, said.

The food bank donated more than 1,000 pounds of food. That's more than 600 meals.

The Red Cross was then able to deliver that food to those displaced, so they'll have one less thing to worry about.

"It has some basic foods that people can use when they don't have the ability to prepare that food in their own kitchens," Wallace said.

It's not just food they're getting. Donations of cleaning supplies were also handed out.

The donation is a big start, but Wallace said the Red Cross's mission for those impacted is far from over.

"We either can help them further with immediate assistance, and we also refer them to other local agencies here in town who can help them on a more long term basis."

To learn more about how you can help, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.