Emergency Response

Emergency Meal Services | Experience and Capabilities

Eric Smith

FEMA’s Eric Smith distributes SunMeadow™ Emergency Meals during Hurricane Katrina

GA Foods has supported FEMA’s response efforts for several natural disasters – Hurricane Katrina (2005) and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma (2017) have been the largest. 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. 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.  For Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, our team shipped up to 30 tractor-trailer loads per day, providing approximately 7,000,000 meals in just 20 days using 1,000 workers and 24-hour operations at four different locations.

Hurricane Ike Victims receive SunMeadow™ meals from GA Foods

Hurricane Ike Victims receive SunMeadow™ meals from GA Foods

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. Before the 2017 hurricane season, GA Foods was included in 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 a quick response. Those stocks are followed quickly by a steady supply from our production facilities.

Disaster Relief Operations Plan


30,000 square foot manufacturing facility dedicated to emergency response

To ensure a rapid and successful response to a disaster, GA Foods has implemented the following:

  • Multiple facilities with ten to fifteen 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

GA Foods van ready during the storm

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 respond in an emergency quickly. Our experience supporting FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Military has given the organization the capability to support large-scale emergencies anywhere in the world quickly.