Disaster Relief Series: Emergency Food Aid in The Gulf Region After Hurricane Katrina


Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco accurately summed up the public sentiment on Hurricane Katrina relief when she said: “We wanted helicopters, food and water, they wanted to negotiate an organizational chart.” Hurricane Katrina caused almost 2,000 deaths and inflicted major environmental damage along the coastline. Thousands of displaced people were left without food and clean water, and FEMA became infamous for its sluggish response.