Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program: Allstate
Allstate: Making Resources Available When Disaster Strikes
Allstate’s grants, through The Allstate Foundation, support the purchase of supplies and necessary services when nonprofits respond to natural disasters in our communities.
Each year, Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks serve 37 million Americans who struggle with food insecurity. When a disaster strikes, their work is even more critical, and the Feeding America Disaster Relief Program mobilizes its network to deliver necessary food, water, and supplies to affected communities.
In times of crisis, Feeding America augments its existing resources by renting additional trucks and buying food and household products that are in high demand. It incurs higher expenses as hundreds of workers move millions of items from warehouses in safe locations to communities impacted by the devastation. When faced with such challenges, Feeding America requires extra support for its food banks to be adequately prepared to respond to disasters.
Allstate has a history of leadership in disaster response. In the 1990s the company created one of the first dedicated catastrophe teams in the industry. Allstate provide the expertise, resources, and volunteer support our partners need to be better equipped and prepared to respond to natural disasters.
In 2011, Allstate and The Allstate Foundation forged a multi-year partnership with Feeding America to support the organization’s effort to provide much needed food and supplies to families impacted by natural disasters. This relationship starts at the top with Matt Winter, Allstate’s president of Auto, Home and Agencies, who is a member of the Feeding America Board of Directors. It also benefits from the support of Allstate employees at every level as well as agency owners.
Through this partnership, Allstate and The Allstate Foundation provide $1 million to Feeding America ($250,000 per year over the course of four years). In addition, we provide up to $1 million of additional contingency funding (with a maximum of $250,000 per year) from The Allstate Foundation in the event of significant natural disasters.
What Allstate Has Accomplished
In August of 2012, Hurricane Isaac moved along the shoreline of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, causing widespread flooding and leaving thousands without power, food, and water. Thanks to a $200,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation, Feeding America was able to provide additional support to food banks in Louisiana and Alabama.
Together, Feeding America, Allstate and The Allstate Foundation helped food banks respond to increased demand—up to four times the previous need in some Gulf Coast communities where hunger was already an urgent issue.
In 2012, Allstate and The Allstate Foundation provided a total of nearly $500,000 in support to Feeding America and delivered more than 1,000,000 meals to those in need.
Immediately following Hurricane Isaac, the Allstate Foundation grant provided 10,000 emergency food boxes (480,000 meals) and supported the delivery of 18 truckloads of donated food (540,000 meals) to people and communities affected by the disaster.
The support from The Allstate Foundation was an important part of Feeding America’s overall response to the storm, which totaled 1.8 million pounds of food and supplies. Additionally, six of the food banks that service Louisiana and Mississippi were equipped with 1,600 Hurricane Packs that could be deployed for any natural disaster or emergency situation.
Why This Project Makes Sense
Allstate and The Allstate Foundation were able to help build and support Feeding America’s disaster response infrastructure, enable it to mobilize its nationwide network of food banks the moment disaster strikes, and help reassure communities that local food banks were equipped to aid people and their families.