SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The USANA True Health Foundation is dedicated to being one of the most efficient responders on the ground and has committed $80,000 US toward aiding those affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Through its long-standing partners International Relief Teams (IRT) and Children's Hunger Fund (CHF), the charitable organization will provide supplies needed to help combat starvation and illness.
"Due to the generous donations we continue to receive, the Foundation has been able to respond in a timely fashion to this disaster in Haiti," said Jim Bramble, board president of the USANA True Health Foundation. "There are severe immediate needs and we are committed to further help with both short and long-term relief, to help those impacted by this tragedy."
Through IRT, the Foundation is providing $40,000 worth of oral rehydration packs, antibiotics and pain relievers to help battle the current cholera crisis in the Caribbean country. The acute intestinal infection — caused by the consumption of contaminated water — first made its appearance in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and has since sickened more than 800,000 people with cases rising over the past week.
The global organization has also donated $40,000 to CHF to provide vitamin-fortified Food Paks and bulk emergency items from a port destination in the Gulf. CHF has had a presence in Haiti for the last seven years and through its existing networks will assist in the distribution of supplies to the people that need them the most.
The Category 4 storm is the largest tropical storm since Hurricane Felix in 1995, and has affected more than 1.5 million people in Haiti with 350,000 of those in need of immediate assistance. Hurricane Matthew is believed to have killed nearly 1,000 in Haiti.
About the USANA True Health Foundation The USANA True Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing relief to those suffering from hunger, malnutrition and natural disasters around the world. Created by USANA Co-CEO Dave Wentz to help expand and enhance USANA's ongoing charitable efforts, its mission is to provide the most critical human necessities to those suffering or in need. To learn more about our programs and global impact visit www.USANAfoundation.org or like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/USANAfoundation).
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