Media Alert: Aid Needed for Border Crisis

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Aug. 7, 2015) – The number of people crossing from the Dominican Republic to Haiti has slowed, but the people who have arrived are still in desperate need of assistance. Food For The Poor is continuing to deliver aid.

Almost 40,000 people now make up the influx of people arriving from the Dominican Republic, which shares a border with Haiti on the island of Hispaniola.

The Food For The Poor-Haiti office reported today that:

  • Food For The Poor trucks from Port-au-Prince are delivering aid to Anse a Pitre and Fond Bayard. Initial relief included hot meals every other day, since those arriving did not have stoves, pots or plates. Those items have been provided, and now bags of rice, beans and other dry goods will be taken to the camps every 12 days or so.

  • More than 100 100-pound bags of rice have been provided so far. Aid includes medication, kerosene stoves, clothes and mattresses.

“When I was in Haiti last month, I could not believe the conditions I witnessed for so many mothers and babies. It was heartbreaking, and I vowed that we would give these suffering people a voice,” said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor. “We are working on the next steps to bring them out of these horrible conditions.”  

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Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as 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 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.

Kathy Skipper

Director of Public Relations
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