GreaterGood.org partnered with the Florida State Beekeepers Association and the Florida State Department of Agriculture to help more than 1 billion starving bees and avoid an ecological disaster left in the wake of Hurricane Michael by donating over a quarter million pounds of sugar syrup.

A tanker containing 4,500 gallons of sugar syrup was delivered to Wewahitcha on Monday. The delivery is one of seven taking place by the Rescue Bank across the Panhandle.

This temporary alternative food source will serve up to 50,000 bee colonies to avoid them from collapsing and permanently wreaking havoc on the country’s citrus supply.

“Hurricane Michael is the strongest storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle, and there is a true emergency for the state’s bee population that has a potentially devastating long-term impact,” said Liz Baker, executive director of GreaterGood.org. “Losing this bee population would create a major ripple effect on U.S. agriculture, and we knew we needed to act quickly to make this emergency donation happen.”

Emergency supplies of sugar syrup will keep bee colonies sustained while bee forage material regrows, which is estimated to take at least a month.