Adams Volunteers with Puerto Rican Cultural Society of Charlotte, Assists with getting Supplies to San Juan
Charlotte, N.C.—Today, Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12) visited the Puerto Rican Cultural Society of Charlotte’s supply warehouse to assist with collecting supplies that will be shipped to those in need in Puerto Rico. During the visit, Rep. Adams met with Society President Ester Ramirez-Pevney and members to thank them for their leadership during this time of recovery and rebuilding.
Following the landfall of Hurricanes Irma and Maria three weeks ago, nearly 90% of Puerto Ricans are still without power and many are still without access to essential services. In Congress, Rep. Adams continues to call for additional aid. Earlier this week Rep. Adams sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue calling for additional nutrition assistance for those in need and yesterday she voted in favor of an additional $36.5 billion in disaster relief funding.
“Americans in Puerto Rico are still reeling from Hurricanes Irma and Maria and they need our help. Unfortunately, the administration doesn’t seem to understand that. That’s why I felt it important to support increased disaster relief funding, send a letter to Agriculture Secretary Perdue urging additional food assistance, and be here today,” said Congresswoman Adams. “Many in our community have loved ones in Puerto Rico who are struggling. We must continue to support relief efforts and advocate for the resources they need for long term recovery.”
The Puerto Rican Cultural Society of Charlotte estimates that there are roughly 20,000 people of Puerto Rican heritage in Charlotte.
In Congress, Rep. Adams has also supported legislation urging President Trump to mobilize the Department of Defense to assist in recovery efforts and supported a request insisting that any additional supplemental disaster relief funding considered by Congress includes resources for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.