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How Midwest Food Bank Haiti is Overcoming Barriers to Feed the Hungry

The World Food Programme estimates nearly five million Haitians, almost half of the population, are facing emergency food conditions. More than 360,000 Haitians have been displaced this year due to persistent violence. Lack of food and job loss has affected two-thirds of families nationwide.

Conditions in Haiti are dire, and the need is unimaginable. However, with the Lord's help, Midwest Food Bank Haiti is still getting food into the southern peninsula by air via our partnership with Agape Flights, Inc. This strategy is considerably more expensive than sending sea containers but a good solution for now.

While our usual ports in Port-Au-Prince and Cap-Haitien remain inaccessible, we're optimistic about their reopening and the international community's efforts to restore stability. We're always seeking alternative routes to get food into Haiti and staying in constant contact with our partners for any chance to help.

Our last sea container reached Cap Haitien in February and was used for a children's lunch program. The remaining inventory was recently distributed to extremely needy families in Jacmel. Replacing this inventory is a critical need. The grateful words from a senior pastor in Jacmel reflect the impact of this food: "These families have seen heaven come into their homes by receiving this much-needed food." He expressed deep appreciation for our donors' generosity and its effect on the recipients' lives.
We remain poised to resume sea shipments and coordinate with Agape Flights to reach other Haitian areas. As violence prompts residents to leave larger cities for safer havens like Jacmel and Les Cayes, we're preparing to have food ready for them.

Peanut butter is extremely valuable due to its high protein and ease of distribution. A donor has offered to match contributions up to $10,000 to increase our peanut butter supplies. With $40,000, we can send an entire sea container of it.

In our effort to provide not only food but also hope, we've acquired 6 tons of Bibles in Creole to accompany our next food shipment, aiming to nourish the spirit.

At 30 cents per serving, Tender Mercies remains a very inexpensive and delicious meal for Haitians. Your gift of $100 provides over 300 meals and $500 means ove 1,600 meals can get to those in Haiti who need them the most. Will you help to bring comfort to our Haitian friends? Click here to provide meals and hope to the hungry in Haiti. 

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