"We have a network of partners in Haiti that can get things done when no one else can. We have the ability to make a difference so we made that choice."
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) January 12, 2011
Global food charity Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) expects to supply another 58 million meals to Haiti in 2011--equal to its record provision in 2010 following the earthquake.
That is the forecast of Mark Crea, CEO/Executive Director of FMSC, a Minnesota-based Christian non-profit that tripled its meal production for Haiti in the weeks following the earthquake. FMSC also supplies food to 66 other countries around the world.
"We spent most of our savings--money we'd hoped to use for [meal packing] site development," says Crea of the quake's impact on the 24-year-old charity. "But we have a network of partners in Haiti that can get things done when no one else can. We have the ability to make a difference so we made that choice."
Donors gave $1.1 million dollars to FMSC after the quake, but the charity spent nearly $4 million, says Crea--a difference the non-profit is working to recover in new donations.
Today, FMSC will recommit itself to Haiti's needs, on the one-year anniversary of the January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake. Before morning prayer time at 8:30 a.m. CST, employees and guest donors across FMSC's five packing sites in Minnesota and Illinois will hear from a Haiti distribution partner by conference call. Then, at 3:53 p.m. CST in the Eagan, Minn., and Aurora, Ill. warehouses of FMSC, solemn bells will be rung at the moment of the earthquake before employees dedicate meal shipments bound for Haiti tomorrow.
All 243 shipments of FMSC's MannaPackTM meals made it through to Haiti securely in 2010, often through alternate ports and even on shrimp boats.
"For none of those shipments to get lost, delayed, or trashed--those were some of the miracles we got to see," says Crea, praising the 200 partner clinics, schools, orphanages, and feeding programs who receive FMSC food in Haiti.
The MannaPackTM Rice meals were designed by food scientists to be nutritionally complete. Each meal costs just 24-cents and 94% of all donations go directly to the FMSC food program.
Feed My Starving Children, rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, is receiving donations today through a special "Remember Haiti" page on its website, http://www.fmsc.org.