Nonprofits bringing 20 trailers of goods to East Palestine
NEGLEY — More help is headed to the East Palestine area to aid in the relief efforts in the wake of the Feb. 3 Norfolk Southern train derailment as the nonprofit Soup Mama Official Inc. is set to bring 20 trailers of goods to the area on Sunday.
According to Soup Mama Public Relations Director Carolyn Collins, her organization stepped up because it felt the federal government did not.
“When our organization learned that nearly 5,000 people who were impacted by the train derailment carrying toxic chemicals in East Palestine did not qualify for direct financial aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, we were inspired to help them receive the support the federal government determined they would not provide,” she said.
The goods — which include nonperishable food items, water and air filtration devices, baby diapers, baby formula, pet supplies, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies — will be distributed at the Negley Fire Department at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Residents of East Palestine and the other surrounding communities are eligible to receive goods.
Soup Mama Official Inc. is a grassroots organization incorporated in New York that was built around the idea that a kitchen “has always been a place for people to gather and exchange ideas and information.” It states that its members are an autonomous group of patriots whose mission is to partner with all freedom-loving people providing direct support or educational tools that assist them in becoming involved citizens.” The movement began as a catering service to prepare and provide food for rallies that support the group’s ideals and evolved from there.
Soup Mama Official Inc. has partnered with fellow nonprofit Jezreel International — a humanitarian aid organization that ships desperately-needed provisions around the world from its headquarters in Albany — to coordinate a convoy of trailers packed with disaster-relief supplies.