News Release - May 19, 2011 


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Red Cross distributes meals to flood victims
Lt. Governor staff help support local recovery initiatives

OLIVE BRANCH – As residents of Olive Branch and other flood-affected areas of Southern Illinois start returning to their homes, the American Red Cross and Lt. Governor Sheila Simon’s office are helping distribute meals and cleaning supplies to flood victims.

For over a week the American Red Cross has used Emergency Response Vehicles to distribute warm meals to citizens in Southern Illinois communities. Meals are prepared at Shawnee Community College and then distributed during lunch and dinner hours. Today, Lt. Governor Simon’s office is joining the American Red Cross Little Egypt Network on a lunch route and will help distribute meals and cleaning supplies.

“As citizens return to their homes, flood waters have left them without basic necessities such as food,” Simon said. “It is important to ensure we do everything possible to provide people access to those items, and I am proud to work with organizations like the Red Cross to help meet that challenge.”

Nearly 150 American Red Cross workers across Southern Illinois have been working to provide safe housing, meals, damage assessment, clean-up supplies and casework for citizens across the area. Since the record flooding began, the Red Cross has provided more than 62,281 meals and snacks, distributed more than 3,805 bulk items such as cleaning supplies, assessed more than 680 homes, and provided shelter for hundreds of displaced families.

On May 18, Lt. Governor Simon’s office joined Land of Lincoln and Southern 7 AmeriCorps at food drives at Kroger and Wal-Mart locations in Carbondale as part of National AmeriCorps Week. AmeriCorps members collected non-perishable and canned food items to be sent to The Kitchen Table, a soup kitchen in Cairo.

Simon said people interested in assisting the flood recovery can mail monetary donations to the American Red Cross Little Egypt Network at 665 N. Airport Road, Murphysboro, IL, 62966 or go online at and to The Kitchen Table at P.O. Box 22, Cairo, IL 62914. Individuals interested in learning more about Land of Lincoln and Southern 7 AmeriCorps can go online at or contact David Warner at 618-437-5321, ext. 1345.

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