Baton Rouge, LA, March 27, 2018—Community Coffee Company presented a $25,000 check to The Salvation Army to benefit its hurricane relief efforts in Florida.
The donation is the result of funds raised through the sale of Community® LSU Blend™ coffee in retail locations throughout Louisiana this past fall, and it will help support future preparedness for those who were impacted by Hurricane Irma.
“Many of our community members are still recovering from the damage and flooding,” said Kevin Smith, director, emergency disaster services of The Salvation Army Florida Division. “The generosity of Community Coffee Company and our neighbors in Louisiana will help these residents rebuild their lives, and help us continue our long-term service and assistance to those in need. We’re extremely grateful for their support.”
The Salvation Army’s rapid and immediate response to Hurricane Irma was the largest scale disaster response in the history of the Florida Division. The Salvation Army Florida Division prepared and distributed more than 724,000 meals and provided 8,125 individuals and families with emotional and spiritual care.
“After providing 187,000 cups of Community coffee and equipment to evacuees and first responders, we knew we wanted to do more to help Florida communities in the wake of Hurricane Irma,” said David Belanger, president and CEO at Community Coffee Company. “We’re honored to partner with The Salvation Army and ensure local families get the support they need for both recovery and readiness for future storms.”
Matt Saurage, 4th Generation Owner of Community Coffee Company, awarded a total of $25,000 to The Salvation Army at the organization’s Tampa disaster warehouse.
About Community Coffee Company
Community Coffee Company houses the largest family-owned and operated retail coffee brand in America, and four generations of the Saurage family have operated the company since its inception. Founded in 1919, Community Coffee Company is an importer, roaster and distributor of the highest-quality premium coffees and teas, using only 100% Arabica coffee beans. For additional information, visit CommunityCoffee.com or find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to salvationarmyflorida.org.