SOURCE: Nourish America

October 26, 2007 23:16 ET

Nourish America Expands Disaster Relief for California Firefighters, Evacuees and Victims

Award Winning Charity Urgently Requests Needed Funding, Supplements, Food and Beverages

OJAI, CA--(Marketwire - October 26, 2007) - Nourish America continues their disaster relief program for the brave firefighters and law enforcement officers working tirelessly to address the wildfires and those people in Southern California still taking refuge and still displaced from their homes.

Through generous donations from natural product manufacturers, Nourish America is getting high-quality nutritional products into the hand of fire victims who have lost everything -- with the help of our partner agencies throughout Southern California. Fire victims are receiving protein bars, bottles of multivitamins as well as energy drinks and immune supportive supplements.

Nourish America hasn't stopped there. Nourish America is also bringing nutritional care to the tens of thousands of firefighters on the front lines who are risking their lives to bring these wildfires under control. Through an extraordinary donation from SOLO GI, of Alberta, Canada, Nourish America has provided almost 460,000 high-quality protein bars and tens of thousands of bottles of multivitamins to firefighting personnel to keep them well nourished during this long fire fight.

"We ask members of the community and the natural products industry to open their hearts. The wildfire crisis is still here. These people need our support now. They are traumatized and exhausted because of this crisis and the natural industry's products and funds to distribute them can help them cope," says Michael Morton, Executive Director. "Please help today."

Nourish America needs additional donations of:

Financial Contributions to support these vital initiatives
Protein and energy bars
Meal replacements
Healthy beverages
Nourishing, natural or organic foods
Multivitamins
Immune Support Supplements
Respiratory Support Supplements

Products are being distributed to evacuees by the Red Cross and the many Nourish America distribution sites throughout Southern California with incredible response from recipients, city leaders, and firefighting personnel.

"As a retired Fire Chief & City Manager and being part of the Public Safety Community for nearly 36 years, I believe it is critical and highly beneficial that Nourish America is distributing products of the highest nutritional quality to firefighters and law enforcement personnel participating in the disaster relief efforts here in the Southern California region," said David Rudat. "Based upon my experience, our firefighters, law enforcement and community volunteers can go for long periods of time without rest. Having access to these high nutritional products can help sustain their physical and mental efforts. Emergency response personnel are grateful and their morale is boosted knowing organizations such as Nourish America are relentless in their pursuit of improving lives. I speak on behalf of my many friends on the emergency lines when I say 'thank you.' Every bit of help truly makes an enormous difference."

Sincere gratitude is extended to the following companies who have generously donated to support Nourish America's efforts:

Advance Bio Institute

C H Robinson Shipping

Christie Communications (www.christiecomm.com)

Circle of Care (www.circleofcare.com)

Earth Balance (www.earthbalance.net)

Healthy Directions (www.healthydirections.com)

Heel, Inc. (www.heelusa.com)

Hilton, Irvine (www.hilton.com)

Jimbo's (www.jimbos.com)

Louise Casey

Natural Alternative International (www.nai-online.com)

Natural Products Insider (www.naturalproductsinsider.com)

NPI Center (www.npicenter.com)

Pharmavite (www.pharmavite.com)

Promax Bars (www.promaxnutrition.net)

RE/MAX Lake Connection

San Diego County Fire Department (www.sdcounty.ca.gov)

Schiff Nutrition (www.schiffnutrition.com)

Solo GI Nutrition (www.solo-gi.com)

Steaz Organic Green tea drinks (www.steaz.com; www.steazenergy.com)

Teens Make A Difference

Tiger's Milk Bars (www.tigersmilk.com)

Tishcon Corp (www.tishcon.com)

Whitaker Wellness Center (www.whitakerwellness.com)

KCOY-TV (www.kcoy.com)

KGDP - AM/FM Radio (www.kgdp660.com)

To donate today, please call (805) 715-2693 or email mary@nourishamerica.org.

To donate funds, please our visit our website at www.nourishamerica.org or send a check to:

Nourish America
P.O. Box 567
Ojai, CA 93024

About Nourish America™

Nourish America™ is the expanded non-profit organization of Vitamin Relief USA. Vitamin Relief USA, under the umbrella of Nourish America™, has received the highest rating two years in a row from Charity Navigator, the nation's leading charity watchdog organization, ranking Vitamin Relief USA in the top 14% of 5,000 of America's best-known charities for fiscal management. Independent audits show that 94% of donated funds go directly to Vitamin Relief USA programs.

Nourish America™ is a dba of Vitamin Relief USA, a tax-exempt, non-profit organization committed to improving the health status of children, seniors and adults at risk for malnutrition through vitamin supplementation, health education, and donations of nutritional foods. To support Nourish America™ - Vitamin Relief USA, or for further information, please call 866-487-1484 or visit the website at www.nourishamerica.org.

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