Your Emergency Relief Questions Answered

Q: How quickly were you able to deliver aid to the area hit by the earthquake?

A: Two days after the earthquake, Food For The Poor safely transported a fleet of five 40-foot containers carrying essential aid from FFTP-Haiti’s warehouse dock in Port-au-Prince to the southern peninsula of the country.

Q: How are you able to get aid to the area so quickly?

A: Food For The Poor has been on the ground in Haiti for 35 years and has a proven, efficient distribution network of churches, hospitals and other agencies that will allow us to quickly deliver aid to those most in need.

Food For The Poor also prepositioned disaster relief kits earlier this year, which along with continuous support throughout the year made it possible to provide support right after the earthquake.

Q: Do you work with other organizations?

A: We have an extensive logistics and distribution capacity. This is in part because of the coordinated effort working together with other trusted organizations and businesses.

Q: How much aid has Food For The Poor dispatched into the area so far?

A: As of August 26th, Food For The Poor has:

  • Delivered 44 truckloads of essential food and aid to the affected area.
  • 27 containers are in at the wharf in Haiti.
  • 90 containers are in transit to Haiti

In a normal week, we are sending 20+ containers to Haiti to provide aid to beneficiaries who are suffering in extreme poverty. To continue with our regular work and help those affected by the earthquake, we are increasing the number of containers we are sending and including additional emergency aid for earthquake victims.

We continue to fill containers daily from our warehouse and ship as they become filled.

Q: What emergency supplies are you sending?

A: Food For The Poor is providing critically needed supplies such as disaster relief kits, medicines, first aid supplies and equipment, non-perishable foods, tents, generators, clothing, shoes, cleaning products, face masks, blankets, flash lights, water and much more.

Q: What are you doing to help those who have lost their homes?

A: 48 families who were homeless were moved into newly finished FFTP homes. A technical team from FFTP-Haiti continues to visit the southern area to assess housing built by Food For The Poor, old and new.

Q: How did Food For The Poor homes in the area of the earthquake hold up?

A: Homes closer to the epicenter did receive some damage but given the 7.2 magnitude of the Earthquake this would be expected. So far it has been reported that none of the families living in FFTP homes perished in the earthquake. We are working diligently to get assessments on all Food For The Poor homes right away.

Q: How much does it cost to build a home in Haiti?

A: The cost to build a home in Haiti is $9,800

Q: What is the scale of your operations in Haiti?

A: On any given day, we have between 150 to 200 active projects. Since the earthquake in 2010, we have built over 12,000 homes for impoverished families, many of whom lost their homes in the earthquake.

Q: How did Food For The Poor water projects do in the area surrounding the earthquake?

A: We are currently working to get assessments for all Food For The Poor projects in the area right away.

Q: What does Food For The Poor do with the money you get from fundraising?

A: Immediately following and currently we are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars every day to provide essential aid and support to the people affected by the earthquake.

Q: Are all container truckloads getting safely to the earthquake area?

A: As of August 26, although we have been able to safely deliver 35 truckloads to our partners in the area to assist the people, 5 containers have been looted. Food For The Poor has added additional security in an effort to prevent this from happening for future truckloads.

Local officials negotiated over the weekend with gangs blocking the southern outskirts of the capital to allow humanitarian convoys to pass.

Q: Can a donation be made in honor of someone where an acknowledgement is sent to them in the mail and not email?

A: Yes, you can honor someone with your gift. Once the gift is received, we send cards to the addresses provided in honor or memory of a friend or loved one.

Q: Can you please provide a list of most critically needed items?

A: As indicated by our team on the ground in Haiti, the most urgently needed items include:

Non-perishable Food Items (Pull tabs preferred or with can opener)

  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Meats
  • Baby Food and Formula
  • Cooking Oil
  • Juice
  • Gatorade
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Protein Bars
  • Snacks

First-Aid Supplies

  • Stretchers
  • Orthopedic Supplies: Crutches, Wheelchairs, Mobilizers
  • Surgical Supplies: Gloves, Face Masks, Surgical Kits
  • Bandages
  • Exam Gloves
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hospital Beds & Mattresses

Non-Food Items

  • Linens
  • Blanket
  • Tents
  • Personal Care Items
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Clothing
  • Baby Items and Supplies
  • Cleaning Products
  • Rainboots
  • Solar Light Kits
  • Tote Bags
  • Sheets
  • Kerosene Stoves
  • Mattresses
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shoes
  • Flashlight
  • Clorox Bleach
  • Pillow
  • Plastic Dishes
  • Diapers for Adult
  • Diapers for Children/Baby
  • Wipes
  • Lumber and Zinc
  • Tarps
  • Temporary Shelter/Tents

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