Support for Earthquake Victims in Japan
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In December 2013, through Second Harvest Japan's Adopt a Family program, the Tokyo office created more than a dozen food packages for evacuee families in the Tohoku region to enjoy over the holiday season. Many evacuees are still living in temporary accommodations following the 2011 earthquake, the most powerful known to ever hit Japan, and remain in need of support.
Lawyers and staff in the office teamed up with colleagues and family members to build food packages that included standard food items as well as other special items, including cards with messages of encouragement and sweets. The packages, especially the messages, are very much appreciated by the recipients and have given them a significant morale boost.
Second Harvest Japan is the country's first food bank. They receive food donations from manufacturers, retailers, farmers, and individuals and then distribute them to welfare agencies, orphanages, women's shelters, people without homes, and those in need.