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Taizé Prayer Service

 WHAT: Food For The Poor invites you to join us for a service of prayer, song and meditation to mark the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti.

 WHERE: Food For The Poor, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073

 WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 4p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Interviews are available before and after the service.
  • A donation of approximately 25,000 meals (4 pallets) will be pre-packed by Lynn University students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 12. Students and Feeding Children Everywhere representatives are tentatively scheduled to deliver the pre-packaged meals to Food For The Poor the afternoon of Jan. 12.

Food For The Poor will have a meditative, candlelit service at Food For The Poor’s office on Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. The service will include scripture readings, moments of quiet reflection, songs, and prayers all in remembrance of the approximately 3 million Haitians and international travelers whose lives forever changed on Jan. 12. Together we will celebrate the persistence and faith of the Haitian people, the courage and strength of the rescuers, and the brotherhood of their supporters.

Twelve candles will be lighted during the Taizé prayer service, to commemorate the day when the devastating earthquake hit. During the service, The Reverend Sara McKinley, Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Coral Springs and Karla Dejean, Director of Diversity at Pine Crest Preparatory School in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, will read scriptures. The Right Reverend Leopold Frade, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida and a member of Food For The Poor’s Board of Directors, will close the service with a blessing of peace.

At 4:53 p.m., immediately after the eighth candle is lighted, bells will ring. The Haitian-born vocalists in the group Supremacy will then sing the Haitian national anthem. A one-year anniversary video will be shown to document Food For The Poor’s rebuilding efforts, response to the deadly cholera outbreak, and the hope that remains alive in Haiti.

Food For The Poor has been working in Haiti since 1986. This allowed the organization to respond immediately when the earthquake devastated the country. As of December 31, 2010, Food For The Poor sent 1,459 tractor-trailer loads of food, water, medicines and other lifesaving relief aid valued at more than $205 million to Haiti. These shipping containers also included water-filtration systems, building supplies, tools and hygiene kits. Food For The Poor has honored its commitment to donors by spending all Haiti emergency earthquake relief funds by the end of October 2010.

With more than a million people living in tent cities, Food For The Poor’s biggest project is building homes. More than 14,000 homes have been constructed by the charity in Haiti – 1,589 of those since the Jan. 12 earthquake. The charity has the capacity to build 350 two-room homes a month, and is limited only by funding. Food For The Poor publishes regular updates of its work in Haiti on

Watch Food For The Poor’s Haiti Earthquake Anniversary 2011 video.

A summary of Food For The Poor's work in post-earthquake Haiti is also available.

Food For The Poor, the third-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.

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Jennifer Leigh Oates
Public Relations
954-427-2222, ext. 6054