CMARK's Role In Hurricane Relief Efforts
Utilizing its expertise in sourcing and managing food serving operations coupled with extensive resources for rapid field deployment, CMARK responded to the challenge of providing food and food service operations within days after the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
CMARK has constructed its own mobile kitchen with capacity for 7,500 meals per day, enabling immediate mobilization in the event of catastrophe or disaster.
CMARK International was immediately involved in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in Gulf Port, MS. Due to the success of our efforts in Gulf Port, we were later contracted to continue working in New Orleans, LA. Within hours of receiving a phone call on September 13, 2005, we were deployed and shortly after, able to begin providing food service operations and meals at the Construction Battalion Center, US Navy, Gulfport, MS.
Our scope of services included: Dining/serving facilities for a 1,000 man camp in Gulf Port, MS. Our requirements consisted of providing beverages, paper supplies, ice, water, equipment amortization, leasing, etc., refrigeration, preparation, cooking, servicing, labor and management to perform the operation. We provided air-conditioned tents, chairs and tables, and menu options. Within days CMARK was capable to fully equip three field kitchens, and begin serving hit meals daily.
Meals were served according to a set schedule, which included a three-hour window for breakfast, boxed lunch, and a four-hour dinner service. Our daily serving capacity reached 7,500 meals served 3 times daily.
CMARK is alert and ready to provide prompt services to any future disaster relief programs. Presently, our warehouse holds a stockpile of food service equipment that includes Combi-ovens; SintPlast serving containers; freezers and refrigerators; ice machines capable of making 727 lbs of ice per day; folding chairs and generators. We have the manpower and resources available for immediate response and deployment.