Food For The Poor Canada was delighted to work in partnership with Ontario Christian Gleaners and Joy and Hope of Haiti to ship and distribute vegetable soup mix to Haiti in November 2015. The 10 skids of donated soup were shipped to Food For The Poor Haiti in Port-au-Prince where they were then distributed to schools feeding programs, orphanages, homes for the elderly and other community based non-government organizations.
Haiti is the most impoverished country in the western hemisphere and is still working to rebuild infrastructure after the earthquake in 2010 that displaced hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed hospitals, schools, community infrastructure and thousands of homes. The UN estimates that 80% of the population in Haiti live in poverty. Malnutrition is a critical need across the country with one-hundred thousand children under five years of age suffering from acute malnutrition.
The soup donated by Ontario Christian Gleaners will provide a nutritious source of food for hundreds of children over the coming year. The soup will also relieve the organizations of the expense of food that is an ongoing challenge.
Two of the organizations provided with the generous gift of the food included Village D’esperance, a non-profit organization based in Haiti whose goal is to provide secure housing for abandoned children at no cost to them and their family and Centre D’herbergement Timouin Yo La, a orhpanage housing 56 children located in Port-au-Prince .
In 2015, Food For The Poor Canada shipped 1080 pails of soup to Haiti, feeding over 432,000 people.