September 7, 2005 at 6:37 PM CDT - Updated August 7 at 11:24 AM
For a few hold-outs still stuck in Mississippi and Louisiana there's little feast... mostly famine. “I just got my food out my refrigerator to keep it from spoiling and feed the people, because they're starving," said Anita who lives in Gulfport, Miss.
However, those who escaped Katrina are finding food, shelter and much more in North Alabama.
The Valley’s Faith Based Community is opening their arms and their doors, a higher power for those seeking higher ground. “These people have bent over backwards for us....they've helped us with seeing a doctor and getting groceries" said Wilson Winters who evacuated Mississippi.
Temporary church shelters serving food to evacuees. And though they're none-profit in time of disaster they're governed by the same rules.
Much like commercial kitchens, health inspectors are closely monitoring sanitary conditions for the well being shelter residents.
“Church kitchens we have not had the inspections as regular restaurants so some things may not be up to par,” said Tom Naatz.Naatz says that’s why Grace Lutheran leaves the cooking to the Red Cross. "All we have to do is provide space for the Red Cross, provide a serving counter for them.”We provide the refrigeration, they bring the things that they need to put in there.”Otherwise everything is brought in by the Red Cross and vendors they have had on a list through out the year.
Inspectors are checking for proper refrigeration, frequent hand washing and glove use, particularly for volunteers cooking on site.Health officials say they’ll also check for proper sewage and garbage disposal.
Pre-cautions and a crash course on food safety and sanitary conditions that go well with a heaping helping of kindness and generosity.