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Free meals will be given to Hurricane Ian victims in Tampa

Three groups will distribute hundreds of healthy and prepackaged individual meals to households on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday.
One of the local groups, Rebuilt Meals, will provide a variety of options including traditional, balanced, keto and plant-based food items.
One of the local groups, Rebuilt Meals, will provide a variety of options including traditional, balanced, keto and plant-based food items. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Sep. 30|Updated Sep. 30

TAMPA — Families in east Tampa Bay are recovering from Hurricane Ian and it is not an easy task.

That’s why three local groups — Humana, Dr. Traci’s House and Rebuilt Meals — decided to join forces to help families in need. The coalition will distribute hundreds of healthy and prepackaged individual meals to households on a first-come, first-served basis. Meals will include traditional, balanced, keto and plant-based food items.

The event will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dr. Traci’s House, 904 E. Henry Ave.

Related: Friday live updates: Florida recovers as Hurricane Ian targets Carolinas

Jocelyn Chisholm Carter, Humana Healthy Horizons regional president, said the effort is focused on the most vulnerable and underserved.

“We strive to take care of not only their medical needs, but also their social needs, which is why we are doing this food donation,” said Chisholm Carter.

Ian created widespread devastation in many areas of the state of Florida and was one of the strongest storms ever to hit the U.S.

Traci Thompson, chief medical officer of Humana Healthy Horizons in Florida and founder of Dr. Traci’s House, said they’re available to help the community.

“One of the major concerns people have, especially when they have been without power or may have had damage to their home, is knowing who to contact for help,” said Thompson. “We are a community clinic, and we’re here to help those who have insurance and those who don’t in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.”

Want to go?

What: Hurricane Ian Meal Distribution

When: 11 a.m. Saturday(until all of the meals are distributed)

Where: 904 E. Henry Ave., Tampa

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Tampa Bay Times Hurricane Ian coverage

HOW TO HELP: Where to donate or volunteer to help Hurricane Ian victims.

TAMPA BAY CLOSURES: What to know about bridges, roads in Ian’s aftermath

WHEN THE STORM HAS PASSED: Now what? Safety tips for returning home.

POST-STORM QUESTIONS: After Hurricane Ian, how to get help with fallen trees, food, damaged shelter.

WEATHER EFFECTS: Hurricane Ian was supposed to slam Tampa Bay head on. What happened?

WHAT TO DO IF HURRICANE DAMAGES YOUR HOME: Stay calm, then call your insurance company.

SCHOOLS: Will schools reopen quickly after Hurricane Ian passes? It depends.

MORE STORM COVERAGE: Get ready and stay informed at tampabay.com/hurricane.

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