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Accent Food Services Rallies Vending Community To Provide Humanitarian Relief Amid Historic Harvey Flooding

Posted On: 8/28/2017

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PFLUGERVILLE, TX -- Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Saturday, Aug. 26, and while it was soon downgraded to a tropical storm, it's expected to drop up to 50" of rain in the area this week, which is leading to catastrophic flooding in Houston and other areas on the upper Texas coast.

To help with coming relief efforts, Texas's Accent Food Services has partnered with Canteen and other vending companies to put into action humanitarian relief for communities devastated by the storm. AFS president and chief executive Josh Rosenberg is asking those who know of anyone who is impacted by the flooding, is supporting relief efforts or is able to donate products to email harveyrelief@accentfoods.com.

Rosenberg reported that the floodwaters have not reached AFS's Houston facility, but the flooding has impacted about five of its local employees, and he expects that number to rise. "I also know of many others within our industry," he said. "We will stage our efforts out of Dallas, away from the heavy rains, to help those in need. If you know of temporary housing or support send it. We need to get our impacted peers and associates in a home."

In Accent's hometown of Pflugerville, TX, all roads have reopened, but Mayor Victor Gonzales is urging extreme caution. "This morning more calls have come in for fallen trees and power lines," he said. "I ask citizens to exercise extreme caution while traveling our streets."

Accent is in the process of setting up a fundraising effort in collaboration with Philadephia-based nonprofit AOK Foundation (Acts of Kindness), supported by former NBA player Derek Anderson. Proceeds will go to Accent Food Service and other support groups to help Harvey flood victims within the industry and surrounding communities. Go to the Stamina Foundation website to donate to the #AOK4Texas relief fund.

"We will rebuild and be stronger than ever," Rosenberg said. "Thank you to everyone who has reached out concerned or is willing to help."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has activated 4,000 national and state guard members after Harvey dumped more than two feet of rain on Houston, causing historic flooding from rainfall that the National Weather Service categorized as "beyond anything experienced before." And the situation could become even more devastating if an anticipated record-breaking 50" of rain falls in the coming days.