SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the two weeks since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, Convoy of Hope -- a humanitarian relief organization based in Springfield, Mo. -- has distributed 1.6 million meals to hungry people in Haiti.
"The reason we were able to get food to so many people so fast was because we were already feeding thousands of children each day throughout Haiti," says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. "Long-standing, strategic partnerships such as the one we have with Mission of Hope became pipelines that enabled us to quickly and efficiently get food and supplies to some of the hardest-hit areas."
Donaldson also notes that Convoy of Hope's warehouse in Haiti -- which is located just outside of Port-au-Prince -- had just been restocked with food prior to the earthquake. Already having food in country, he says, gave Convoy of Hope a head start to begin meeting critical needs almost immediately after the earthquake struck.
"We feel privileged to have been in a position to help tens of thousands of families who had no place to turn to for food and water after the earthquake," he says. "As Haiti moves toward recovery and rebuilding we will continue to be there providing food, water and supplies through our feeding initiatives and the points of distribution we established after the earthquake."
For more information on Convoy of Hope contact:
Convoy of Hope / Senior Director -- Communications and Technology
O-417.823.8998 Ext. 360
Convoy of Hope / Communications Director
O-417.823.8998 EXT. 465
Founded in 1994, Convoy of Hope exists to feed millions of people in need in the United States and around the world through children's nutrition initiatives, citywide outreaches and disaster response.
SOURCE Convoy of Hope