Midwest Food Bank of Haiti
Special bulletin: Earthquake in Haiti. The Haitian government has reached out to all NGOs for assistance with food and supplies. We are currently working on getting our next sea container shipped to Haiti as soon as possible. The Haitian administrator at Double Harvest near Port-au-Prince is working with government officials to immediately ship the 7 tons of food we have ready to send.
In 2020, we provided over 1 million meals to the people of Haiti. With the recent political turmoil, the assassination of the Haitian President, and now an earthquake – evacuation, medical supplies, and food are in high demand. Our goal is to ramp up our giving and step in during this chaotic time for the country.
At 25 cents per serving, we can send an entire sea container for approximately $60,000, providing nearly ¼ million meals to the people of Haiti.
A donation of $100 buys 400 servings of Tender Mercies
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We will quickly ship as many nutritious meals and sea containers as our funding will support. Our many partners on the ground in Haiti will assist with distribution and identification of acute needs.
Haiti, the poorest country in the northern hemisphere, perpetually suffers from food insecurity and widespread malnutrition. Haiti consistently ranks among the bottom three countries in the world in daily, per capita caloric intake. We are on a mission to change that.
Numerous faith-based schools and orphanages serve as an oasis and haven for thousands of children who would otherwise never attend school. In addition to teaching the basics, the schools provide warm, nutritious meals that keep many children from starvation. Sous Manje (Midwest Food Bank Haiti) supports these nonprofits with Tender Mercies. The nutrition and protein provided by Tender Mercies enhance health, education, and economic opportunity.
Before Midwest Food Bank arrived, there were no food banks in Haiti. The concept did not exist. Rather than risk a cultural misunderstanding with the word "bank," we use "Sous Manje," which means "food source" in Creole.
HOW WE WORK
Sea-containers of food are cleared through customs at ports in Cap Haitien and Port au Prince and then distributed from secure, geographically disbursed distribution hubs near Cap Haitien, Port au Prince, Jacmel, and Pignon. Our storage hub in Jacmel is equipped to package Tender Mercies in-country and recently successfully tested this strategy. Our strategy is to increase this in-country packaging, which provides employment for Haitians and markets for Haitian grains/legumes. In addition to the partnerships in Haiti, our division leverages state-side alliances with other faith-based nonprofits.
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Midwest Food Bank
2031 Warehouse Road
Normal, IL 61761
Divisional Board President: Jerry Koehl