WLRN Radio Fundraises to Feed Children in Haiti

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2011) — Friends of WLRN is reaching out for the second time this year to help Food For The Poor. This much-needed help is coming during a time when soaring food and fuel prices are putting a strain on nonprofits. When radio listeners support WLRN through the station’s fund drive, Friends of WLRN will in turn donate a portion of the proceeds to feed hungry and malnourished children in Haiti.

Children in Cap-Haitien are served a hot lunch through a Food For The Poor feeding program in Haiti.

Friends of WLRN has dedicated its fundraising time from 4 p.m. Nov. 30, to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, to help Food For The Poor. During the 27-hour campaign, for every $100 committed by listeners who call to support the station during that time, Friends of WLRN will donate $18 to feed a hungry child in Haiti for six months through Food For The Poor’s feeding programs. 

“Haiti has suffered much since the earthquake of 2010 and through it all the South Florida community and supporters of our public radio station have responded generously. The goal of our partnership with Food For The Poor is to help the organization to provide as many nutritious meals as possible to feed the vulnerable in Haiti,” said Wagner Previato, Director of Marketing and Membership for Friends of WLRN.

Through the station’s generosity in three previous campaigns, more than 2,000 children for six months have been fed through Food For The Poor’s feeding programs. In Haiti, more than half of the population, including two-thirds of the children, suffers from malnutrition. About 76 of every 1,000 children die before reaching their fifth birthday.

“The rising cost of some of the most basic of provisions, such as beans and rice, is making it financially difficult to ship life-sustaining foods,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “We’re not giving up on Haiti, and we are very grateful for the support of Friends of WLRN and 91.3 WLRN for supporting our efforts to feed the poor.”

Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry 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.

Contact:
Wanda Wright
Food For The Poor
Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6079
wandaw@foodforthepoor.com