Emergency Meal Services | Experience and Capabilities
GA Foods has supported FEMA’s response efforts for several natural disasters – Hurricane Katrina was by far the largest. Before Katrina had made landfall on the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, GA Foods had already activated its disaster response plan. By the end of the operation, we supplied 360 tractor-trailer loads of emergency meal kits. Within 24 hours of the order from FEMA, GA Foods had produced and dispatched 12 truckloads using over 200 people working ten-hour shifts. In one week, the GA Foods team produced 2.4 million meals.
Initial shipments left our facilities even before landfall so our trucks could be prepositioned just outside the disaster zone. Our ability to rapidly activate our supply chain and logistics network meant that GA Foods was able to provide more meals to Hurricane Katrina victims than any other disaster response supplier. Internationally, GA Foods has supplied the U.S. military with shelf stable and frozen meals that are delivered to facilities in extremely challenging, often combat, locations around the world. Our experienced logistics and supply chain team form the basis of one of GA Foods’ critical core competencies – rapid mobilization and production ramp-up. More recently, GA Foods was included in the response to Super Storm Sandy, providing victims with enough meal kits to fill 97 tractor-trailers. Our shelf stable meal kits are held in stock at distributors throughout the U.S. for quick response. Those stocks are followed quickly by a steady supply from our four production facilities.
Disaster Relief Operations Plan
To ensure a rapid and successful response to a disaster, GA Foods has implemented the following:
- Four facilities with ten assembly lines available for production
- Vendor agreements to ensure adequate supply chain
- One idle manufacturing line located in a 30,000 square foot facility dedicated exclusively to disaster response and ready for immediate use
- Tested and proven inbound and outbound logistics plans
The Company, Since 1973
For over 40 years, GA Foods has served people in need and facing challenging situations. GA Foods has the flexibility and financial wherewithal to quickly respond in an emergency. Our experience supporting FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Military has given the organization the capability to quickly support large-scale emergencies any where in the world.