Baton Rouge, LA (November 3-4, 2016) – Community Coffee Company presented a $100,000 check to The Salvation Army to benefit its ongoing efforts to help those in need following devastating flooding in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. The donation is the result of money raised through the sale of specially-marked sixteen ounce bags of Community® coffee purchased in September and October. The donation will be a big boost to both the Baton Rouge and Lafayette Corps who did so much in the days and weeks after the flood waters receded.
“I can’t say enough about the generosity from Community Coffee,” said Captain Brett Meredith, Baton Rouge Corps Officer. “We had flood water in nine of our ten buildings, and we still need to provide Christmas for so many families across this community. This donation is greatly needed.”
“We served thousands of meals and drinks, passed out hundreds of clean up kits and food boxes, and many families are still hurting from the flooding,” said Major Mel James, Lafayette Corps Officer. “We need partners like Community Coffee to come along side us to meet those needs.”
“Even though we were happy to provide 300,000 cups of Community® coffee to flood evacuees and first responders, our work is far from over,” said David Belanger, president & CEO of Community Coffee Company. “We want to ensure our local community continues to get the support and resources needed to get back on our feet and what better way to start than with a cup of Community® coffee.”
Our relief operations lasted nearly two months and included 3,205 officers, employees and volunteers delivering food, passing out cleaning items, organizing our distribution center, and providing residents who lost everything with emotional and spiritual care.
The final numbers are listed below:
• 195,979 meals
• 222,367 drinks
• 120,137 snacks
• 6,457 instances of emotional and spiritual care
• 20,741 comfort kits
• 8,540 cleanup kits
• 20,894 food boxes
• 24,342 hours of employee and volunteer service
Our work however, is not nearly complete in Baton Rouge or Lafayette. Both corps are currently preparing to provide Christmas assistance including The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program to families, children and seniors in both areas.
“This disaster will be remembered by so many across the South including The Salvation Army,” said Major Steve Morris, Divisional Commander. “Again thank you to Community Coffee for Doing The Most Good for two communities who greatly need it.”
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyalm.org.
About Community Coffee Company
Now in its 97th year, Community Coffee Company houses the largest family-owned and operated retail coffee brand in America, and four generations of the Saurage family have operated the company since its inception. Founded in 1919, Community Coffee Company is an importer, roaster and distributor of the highest-quality premium coffees and teas, using only 100% Arabica coffee beans. For additional information, visit CommunityCoffee.com or find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.