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Posted on: September 7, 2022

BATON ROUGE RESPONDS TO JACKSON, MS, WATER CRISIS

Baton Rouge, LA – September 7, 2022 – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and community partners are donating drinking water to residents in Jackson, Mississippi, to help respond to their water crisis. 

“Baton Rouge residents know all too well the devastation a major crisis can bring to communities. We are proud to be able to lend support and respond to our friends and neighbors in Jackson, Mississippi,” said Mayor Broome.

“We remember the tremendous assistance we received from across the country last year following Hurricane Ida, so it is appropriate that we provide assistance to others in need when we are able,” said Mike Manning, President and CEO of the Food Bank.

“Not only is it a part of the OMG Mission to serve, it's our life purpose, and we are grateful to have the support of the community and the Mayor's office to help bring water to Jackson, Mississippi,” said Sashika Baunchand, Executive Director of Outstanding Mature Girlz.

The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness assisted in the coordination of the following relief efforts:

  • The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank shipped 22 pallets of bottled water last Thursday to its sister food bank in Jackson, in partnership with the Mississippi Food Network. An additional 3 pallets of water that were being stored for the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security were released and provided today to the Outstanding Mature Girlz organization, for delivery to Jackson to aid in the ongoing water crisis.
  • Baton Rouge Water Company recently donated 2500 gallons of water that was transported in 500-hundred-gallon tanks by the Church of God in Christ, World Missions Disaster Relief Hub Region L.

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