Gift from America's Heartland is a Legacy for Haiti

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2012) — Thanks to the kindness of strangers, hundreds of children in Haiti soon will be benefiting from a loving donation made by the Chippewa Valley Bean Company and its dedicated kidney bean growers to Food For The Poor.

Located in northwestern Wisconsin, the bean company and the growers have been loyal donors to the ministry for more than seven years and now is committed to providing a life-long legacy by helping Food For The Poor to build schools in the Caribbean nation.

“We believe that helping children to receive an education is the surest way to break the cycle of poverty,” said Cindy Brown, of the Chippewa Valley Bean Company. “Given the great need for schools in Haiti, we’ve decided to use our contributions to help provide a place where children can receive both an education and a nutritious meal.”

Food For The Poor feeds millions a day in the 17 countries it serves – more than 400,000 a day in Haiti alone. In Port-au-Prince, 15,000 hot meals are served six days a week at the Food For The Poor feeding center. Beans and rice, an excellent source of protein, provide the foundation for nutritious meals.

“This is one of the most meaningful gifts Chippewa Valley could have given us,” said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor. “It is our determination to build and re-build as many sturdy school structures as possible, so that the children can have a sense of normalcy while the adults work on rebuilding their homeland.”

For more than 40 years, the family owned Chippewa Valley Bean Company and its growers have produced premium quality kidney beans. It is the only kidney bean processing plant in the Wisconsin area still under its original ownership.

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.

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