Donated Meals Meet Critical Need in Haiti
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (April 8, 2013) – A blend of white rice, soy protein, and dried vegetables infused with 21 vitamins and minerals inside a vacuum-sealed pouch are proving to be a winning combination in the battle against childhood hunger in Haiti. Thanks to the generosity of Kids Against Hunger, the international relief and development organization Food For The Poor has shipped more than 641,000 rice casserole meals within the last 12 months to the Caribbean nation.
“These rice casserole packets are easy to transport and are very simple to prepare, requiring only six cups of boiling water to make a complete meal for four to six people,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “We feed hundreds of thousands a day in the Caribbean and Latin America, but rising food and fuel costs are threatening our ability to buy and to transport food to people desperate for a meal. These bags of meals are a rich source of nutritious food and we are extremely thankful to Kids Against Hunger for their loving support.”
In March, Kids Against Hunger Executive Director, Larry Moore, traveled to Haiti with Food For The Poor and got to experience the value of their precious cargo firsthand. No stranger to international travel, last month’s trip was Moore’s first time to Haiti, which he says has made a lasting impression on him.
“This trip greatly reinforced my reason to exist, and doing what I am doing,” said Moore. “There is tremendous poverty in Haiti, and I truly believe there is hope to turn things around. Not immediately, but we can make a difference. Education is so vital, but the kids need the nutrition to be able to learn.”
While in Haiti, Moore visited the Journey of Hope Village in Croix-des-Bouquets, where dozens of boxes packed with thousands of rice casserole meals were delivered and distributed. Moore helped the local women prepare and serve the food to school children within the village. He also helped a new homeowner paint the exterior of her house.
“I know it is a cliché, but words cannot describe how I felt. At our packing events, I receive tremendous energy from the volunteers. You can feel their love being poured out. Preparing and serving the meals made me feel like a conduit for that love,” said Moore. “The wide scope of Food For The Poor’s ministry is a huge advantage. We cannot just give someone food, or water, or education, or shelter. They need all the fundamental building blocks to be able to escape poverty. Food For The Poor provides all these essential building blocks.”
Food For The Poor began its work in Haiti in 1986. In addition to the organization’s Port-au-Prince feeding center, tractor trailer-loads of food such as rice, beans, flour, powdered milk and oil are distributed to more than 2,600 organizations throughout the country.
Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.
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