Haitians Desperately Need Food

Aid group distributes over 100,000 meals in one day

Hundreds of desperate Haitians are in line waiting for food at Quisqueya Chapel - Convoy of Hope's main distribution point in Port-au-Prince. Yesterday, the Convoy of Hope team distributed 100,000 meals here and at five other distribution points.

Food supplies are running low in Haiti and show no signs of improving anytime soon. But even when food is available - as it is in limited amounts on some street corners from vendors - many families cannot pay for it.

"My house is damaged, I need food, but I have no money to buy it," says Ralph, a twenty-something-year-old who could be speaking for tens of thousands of hungry Haitians.

"The situation regarding food and water remains dire," says Kevin Rose, Haiti director for Convoy of Hope.

"The lack of fuel and security issues has made it very difficult to move food around the city," says Rose.

On Sunday morning the aid group passed two young men with hands tied that had been executed for reasons unknown, "through our network of partners we are getting food into some of the most desperate places," explains Rose.

Rose says the food being distributed to earthquake victims is inventory from Convoy of Hope's warehouse that is used to feed 7,000 children each day who are a part of Convoy of Hope's feeding initiative in Haiti.

"That supply will last 10 to 14 more days," admits Rose. That food needs replenished so that the organization can continue to feed children as well as victims of Haiti's massive Earthquake.

Sunday's distribution of food will only be one of many more to come in the months ahead.

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For more information on Convoy of Hope contact:

Jeff Nene, senior director of communications and technology, mobile 417/860-2196

Since 1994, Convoy of Hope, a nonprofit organization, has provided resources to organizations and churches to meet physical and spiritual needs for the purpose of making the community a better place. This is accomplished through domestic and international outreaches, supply lines, and disaster response.