Senator Nelson of Florida to visit Food for the Poor in Haiti
by Martin Barillas Friday, June 26, 2009
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Florida senator to visit Food For The Poor center in Haiti
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (June 26, 2009 ) – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson ( D-FL ) is in Haiti this weekend for a firsthand look at U.S. efforts to stabilize Haiti by sending tens of millions in aid to create jobs, build roads and help the country fight drug traffickers. And while there, he’s agreed to visit with a Florida-based nonprofit that helps feed the hungry and develop sustainable projects.
“We’re pleased Sen. Nelson is interested in raising awareness about the conditions of the people of Haiti,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “While there is great need in Haiti -- and it is easy to see -- there is also great hope. We know that with the right help, Haiti can offer its citizens a brighter future.”
Nelson will join Aloma on a visit to the Food For The Poor Warehouse Feeding Center in Port-au-Prince. The center is open Monday through Saturday, where cooks start at 6:30 a.m. to prepare enough food for more than 14,000 people each day. This is equivalent to about 2,500 pounds of rice and 400 pounds of dry beans. Some meat and vegetables are added to make a complete nutritious meal. Two to three thousand people line up for the food to take home to their families, which typically include five to eight children and adults.
In addition to meeting the immediate needs of feeding the hungry in Haiti, Food For The Poor also works to provide clean water, safe housing, education through its schools and orphanages, and development projects. By the end of July, the nonprofit will have established 25 fishing villages in Haiti, and also is teaching people to grow vegetable crops and fruit trees, as well as raise goats and other animals for sustainable food supplies.
Food For The Poor is the largest international relief and development organization in the nation. More than 97 percent of all donations received in 2008 went directly toward programs that help those in need. Food For The Poor provides nourishing food, safe shelter, necessary medical care, educational materials, support for orphans and the aged and much more to the poorest of the poor in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. For more information, visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.
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