St. Mary's Food Bank helping those on Havasupai Reservation

HAVASUPAI RESERVATION, Ariz. (KSAZ) - A week ago, about 200 tourists were stranded and rescued from the Havasupai Reservation off the Grand Canyon, after the area was hit with two rounds of flooding.

However, those who live in the area, - the Supai tribe - are still there and running out of food, so St. Mary's Food Bank is stepping in.

"Three or four days where they've been kind of remote and detached, so the food supplies are starting to run out," said spokesperson Jerry Brown.

The spokesperson for St. Mary's said they were able to make it happen with some math, a large truck, the help of the military and a helicopter.

And, of course, the generous donations of food that have come in.

"So what we're going to do is take this truck up," said Brown. "It's about a four-and-a-half hour drive up to the hilltop."

Brown says a military helicopter should be waiting for them there at the Hualapai hilltop, and they've already done the math on how much food they can pack.

"We're trying to get as much emergency food donated as we possibly can, but we need to keep it light, because we're going to be putting them in helicopters," said Brown.

The donated food will go to the 220 families of the Supai Tribe in dire need of food.

"Enough that they'll be four or five bags for each family," said Brown. "We're trying to make sure they're taken care of for at least a week."

At that point, Brown says the flood waters should have receded.

If you would like to make a food donation to St. Mary's, you can drop off your goods to any Goodwill location in the state.