Thousands of ready-to-eat meals, water bottles to be
distributed in Louisiana Gulf region by Convoy of Hope
SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is partnering with Convoy of Hope, an international disaster-response organization, to bring $50,000 in aid and supplies to the Louisiana Gulf region stricken by Hurricane Ida.
The outdoor retailer is donating 3,300 individual ready-to-eat meals and 15,000 bottles of water and working with Convoy of Hope to distribute the goods in the New Orleans region. Both headquartered in Springfield, Mo., Bass Pro Shops and Convoy of Hope have been partnering together to provide relief for more than 20 years.
Hurricane Ida made landfall on Aug. 29 and was the second-most intense hurricane on record to strike Louisiana. Severe damage and widespread flooding led to nearly all of New Orleans losing electricity, with about 1 million people in Louisiana left without power.
Supporting Team Members in the Region
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is also providing direct support for its Outfitters impacted by the storm and its aftermath. All full-time and part-time Outfitters at Bass Pro Shops locations in Gonzales and Denham Springs received recovery grants to assist with food replenishment and supplies for storm cleanup. Ahead of the storm, the company’s Base Camp headquarters team worked to ensure that the Gonzales and Denham Springs stores had a supply of generators available for Outfitters as well.
Outfitters with significant home damage or other emergency needs are also eligible for additional support from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Cares Fund, an emergency relief fund the company established to support Outfitters impacted by unexpected hardship. The fund provides one-time grants to help Outfitters pay for housing, utility bills, medical expenses, home repairs and other eligible expenses.
Commitment to Communities in Need
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s plays an active role in the communities it serves, including assisting in disaster relief efforts. Those efforts include:
- Bringing aid to individuals stricken by EF-5 tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., in 2011, and in Moore, Okla., in 2013
- Supporting the relief efforts in the wake of devastating wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and surrounding sections of the Great Smoky Mountains in 2016
- Delivering aid to flood-stricken areas in the greater Houston region in 2016
- Sending more than 80 TRACKER Boats to government agencies and rescue organizations in Houston and other impacted Texas communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017
- Rallying support that led to more than $5 million for Anglers for the Bahamas, to support relief efforts in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian
For more information, visit www.basspro.com/community.
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About Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”
About Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope, founded in 1994, has a long history as a first responder in times of natural disasters and has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years. Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization, has a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. Learn more at www.convoyofhope.org or follow on Facebook or Twitter.