Stop Hunger Ships One Million Meals to Philippines

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Stop Hunger Now is shipping one million meals to the Philippines as part of ongoing disaster relief operations in response to the devastation as a result of Typhoon Haiyan.

Stop Hunger Now is shipping one million meals to the Philippines as part of ongoing disaster relief operations in response to the devastation as a result of Typhoon Haiyan. The first container with 285,120 meals will depart this week from the Stop Hunger Now warehouse in San Leandro, CA. Additional containers of meals will be shipped over the next few weeks. The Stop Hunger Now Malaysia affiliate also is preparing to provide assistance to the storm-ravaged area.

“Stop Hunger Now is acting quickly to provide life-saving food and aid to the families affected by Typhoon Haiyan,” said Rod Brooks, Stop Hunger Now President and CEO. “We have committed an initial response of one million meals, and as the extent of the need becomes more clear, we intend to help as long as necessary.”

Stop Hunger Now is working with Rotary International and several Non-governmental Organization (NGO) partners in the Philippines and Vietnam to provide ongoing needs assessments for food and other aid for victims of the storm.

In addition to meals, Stop Hunger Now is organizing the shipment of other critical supplies such as medicine, medical supplies, water filters and hygiene kits.

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 around the world. More than 300,000 volunteers have packaged the highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 21 essential vitamins and minerals during popular community-supported Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events.

"We're grateful for the many volunteers who have packaged meals with Stop Hunger Now. Their support has made this shipment possible. We encourage others to schedule meal packaging events and commit their donations to help us ship meals so that we can continue to provide much needed relief."

In 2013, Stop Hunger Now will ship an estimated 130 ocean containers, more than 37 million meals, to partners in crisis-burdened nations around the world. Stop Hunger Now currently works with 32 international partners in 27 countries. 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.

To make a donation to Stop Hunger Now, visit http://www.stophungernow.org.

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.

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