FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2005
Contact: Heather Gray  (404) 765-0991
Federation/LAF Establishes Relief Fund For Rural Victims of Katrina

EMERGENCY FUND DEVELOPED


ATLANTA....The Federation has launched a Katrina Relief & Recovery Fund to assist farmers and rural poor people effected by hurricane Katrina. "We are witness to immense tragedies in the rural areas of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana," said Ralph Paige. "We now have farmers who have lost all their crops and markets. Many  have lost houses and means of livelihood," he continued. "We are also expecting some 300 evacuees seeking housing, food and water throughout the region."

The Federation is partnering with the Cooperative Development Foundation, FARM AID and Oxfam America and others in providing relief to effected rural communities. "The funds will be used for long term relief to help cooperatives rebuild facilities, re-build markets and help with direct emergency assistance in housing, food and water," said Ralph Paige. 

In Alabama we are partnering with the 21rst Century Youth Leadership Project in southwest Alabama where up to 300 displaced people will be temporarily housed the the 21rst Century Training Center.

Contributions for the Federation's Katrina Relief & Recovery Fund can be sent to the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, 2769 Church Street, East Point, GA 30344. We thank you in advance for you assistance. Please call the Federation's office  at 404 765 0991 or e-mail at fsc@mindspring.com if you have questions and/or would like to assist in this effort.

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Note: The Federation/LAF, now in its 38th year,  assists Black family farmers across the South with farm management, debt restructuring, alternative crop suggestions, marketing expertise and a whole range of services to ensure family farm survivability. 
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