Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) November 09, 2013
Stop Hunger Now is preparing to provide disaster relief to the Philippines in response to the devastation as a result of Typhoon Haiyan. In conjunction with other non-governmental organization (NGO) partners in the Philippines and Vietnam, Stop Hunger Now is working to provide initial needs assessments for food and other aid for victims of the storm. The Stop Hunger Now Malaysia affiliate also is preparing to provide assistance to the storm-ravaged area.
“Though we don’t yet know the extent of the devastation suffered by the victims of this horrific storm, Stop Hunger Now is activating our response process,” said Rod Brooks, Stop Hunger Now President and CEO. “We are contacting our largest and most active civic partners in the region, namely Rotary International, to help provide assistance.”
Founded in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies, and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people in 65 countries. To date, Stop Hunger Now has organized more than 300,000 volunteers in the fight against hunger and packaged more than 120 million meals through its popular community-supported meal packaging programs of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 21 essential vitamins and minerals.
In 2013, Stop Hunger Now will ship an estimated 130 ocean containers to its partners around the world. Stop Hunger Now has provided in-country partners in crisis-burdened nations with millions of meals since the inception of the meal packaging program in December, 2005. Stop Hunger Now currently works with 32 international partners in 27 countries and will ship more than 37 million meals in 2013. In 2012, Stop Hunger Now sent more than $7 million worth of donated goods to people in need around the world via 40 shipments to 13 different countries.
Stop Hunger Now also has a track record of providing meals in response to disasters. After the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Stop Hunger Now shipped more than 8 million meals to support relief efforts.
“Once Typhoon Haiyan has passed and it is safe to do so, we will do a damage assessment of the ports and airports in the country in order to find out where we can ship our meals and other aid,” said Brooks. “Then we will calculate exactly what is needed and how we can best respond. Shipping will happen when we know the appropriate response, needs and logistics.”
In 2013, Stop Hunger Now is celebrating its 15th anniversary its ongoing work to create a movement to end hunger. The organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.
In its efforts to respond to emergency needs around the world, Stop Hunger Now receives and distributes significant donations of in-kind aid. These donations are large quantities of food, medicines, medical supplies and other such items as may be of use in fighting hunger and providing relief in a crisis. For more information, visit http://www.stophungernow.org.