Taiwan Ambassador travels to Haiti to feed the poor

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Dec. 25, 2008) — Taiwan Ambassador Lien-gene Chen and his delegation traveled to Food For The Poor’s office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to tour the organization’s facilities and participate in the distribution of food.

For nearly three years, Taiwan has aided the people of Haiti with generous donations of rice. Working through the international relief and development agency Food For The Poor, Taiwan has sent 40 containers of rice every month to the island nation. This monthly donation of 800 tons of rice, which translates to 7 million servings, feeds hundreds of thousands of school children and adults in the most destitute areas of the country.

“Food For The Poor and the people of Haiti are sincerely appreciative of the rice donated by the Taiwanese,” said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor. “The people of Taiwan are world leaders in the production of rice, enabling them to feed the destitute living in Third World countries. Food For The Poor was honored to be selected by the Taiwanese to facilitate in the distribution of the rice.”

Rice is life in Haiti, and by networking with partners like Taiwan, we feed countless hungry children each day. Food For The Poor’s main feeding center in Port-au-Prince feeds approximately 15,000 people, six days a week. In Cite Soleil, Haiti’s largest slum, the organization gives rice and beans to thousands of people who rely on it for their meal each day.

In response to the devastating 2008 hurricane season, Food For The Poor delivered hundreds of five-gallon buckets of cooked rice to the starving residents of Gonaives. As a result of the storms, five feeding centers in Gonaives were established to provide residents with a source of nutrition.

Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. We provide 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 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information please visit, http://www.foodforthepoor.org/.

Jennifer Oates
(954) 427-2222 x 6054