Gulf Winds Donates $25,000 to Feeding the Gulf Coast

Gulf Winds Credit Union donated $25,000 to Feeding the Gulf Coast. This donation will be used to deliver food and water to the most devastated areas impacted by Hurricane Michael — specifically parts of Bay County.

“The Bay County area is not far from our home, and we are so thankful to be in a place where we can donate to the relief efforts for Hurricane Michael,” said Chris Rutledge, President and CEO of Gulf Winds. Feeding the hungry is an impact area of the credit union’s community program, Gulf Winds Cares.

Cathy Pope, President and CEO of Feeding the Gulf Coast, said that the $25,000 donation will provide 125,000 meals through their programs. “The response following this devastation has been amazing,” said Pope. “We are so thankful for community partners like Gulf Winds that are stepping up to help us make a difference for families impacted by this storm.”

Feeding the Gulf Coast is providing much needed food and water to individuals struggling in the affected Florida communities. They are currently working to strategically place additional emergency food distributions in the most storm-impacted areas. They are also in the process of trying to secure warehouse space near the affected area to be more efficient in serving these communities long-term. Feeding the Gulf Coast is fully committing their efforts, staff and resources to reach those whose lives have been changed by this catastrophe.

As of Sunday, October 28, 2018, Feeding the Gulf Coast has provided the following support to the impacted communities:

  • Water Distributed: 1,370,952 bottles
  • MREs Distributed: 538,655
  • Snack Items Distributed: 323,911
  • Disaster Box Meals Distributed: 25,584
  • Additional Meals Distributed: 20,687
  • Produce Distributed: 20,943 pieces of fresh produce, including apples and oranges
  • Volunteers Engaged: 200+