Take a Sip, Save a Life 2011

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (March 18, 2011) – Climate change, disease and natural disasters are all taking a toll on the world’s clean water supply, making this life-sustaining liquid nearly impossible to obtain for some in developing countries.

"Every 20 seconds, a young child either dies or becomes deathly ill from ingesting dirty or contaminated water in some parts of the world," said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. "Many of us don’t give much thought about the water we use, when we want it, we go to the sink and turn on the faucet. But millions don’t have this luxury – their water source is typically a murky ravine. Others are forced to walk miles, several times a day, to get to a clean water source."

Ten water purification and filtration units are currently in the process of being installed in the Cap-Haiten region of northern Haiti. In 2010, Food For The Poor completed 188 water projects throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, including 110 water wells and 30 water purification and filtration units in the Artibonite region of Haiti in response to the cholera outbreak.

Food For The Poor is on a mission to provide clean drinking water to the countries it serves in the Caribbean and Latin America. As World Water Day celebrates its 19th year on March 22, the charity will launch its second annual Water Week fundraiser, March 20 through March 27. During this weeklong donation drive, Food For The Poor will partner with local participating restaurants to raise money for water filtration units, water wells and pumps.

Here's how Water Week works: patrons visit a participating restaurant and are served a glass of water. The restaurant staff then offers their patrons the opportunity to donate $1 or more for the glass of water.

You can help Food For The Poor save lives by visiting the following participating restaurants: Islands In The Pines, 162 N. University Drive, Pembroke Pines; El Atlakat, 8986 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024; Golden Krust, 12316 Miramar Parkway, Miramar; Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, The Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4425 Lyons Road Suite F-106, Coconut Creek; Allegria, The Promenade at Coconut Creek 4431 Lyons Road, Suite C1-106, Coconut Creek; and 160 Degrees/Muffuletta, The Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4437 Lyons Road Suite E-105 Coconut Creek.

To add your restaurant to the list of participants please contact Wanda Wright at wandaw@foodforthepoor.com.

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. This interdenominational Christian agency 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 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.

For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

Wanda Wright
Food For The Poor
Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6079