Miami Dade College Mobilizes Food Drive for Haiti, Collects 131 Boxes
Horace Palmer, Food For The Poor's warehouse assistant, prepares the boxes of food, donated by Miami Dade College last week, to be shipped to Haiti.
Miami, June 9, 2008 - Concerned about the disturbing images from Haiti broadcast worldwide featuring children and adults desperate for food as a result of the shortages and soaring food prices, Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and the college administration turned to its dynamic college community comprised of students, faculty and staff, to mobilize a food drive for Haiti. In a message sent two weeks ago, Dr. Padrón asked faculty and staff to participate in Miami-Dade County’s effort to collect non-perishable food items for the people of Haiti.
According to Food For The Poor, one of the largest relief and development agencies working in Haiti, recent food prices have left Haitians worried about their survival. “We have the logistics in place to make sure that assistance gets to Haiti quickly and into the right hands,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor in Coconut Creek, Florida. “Every shipment of food we send will save lives.”
“This is a life-threatening crisis and these are our neighbors,” said Dr. Padrón. “A United Nations official who visited MDC several years ago discussed world hunger and mentioned there are people who suffer from hunger daily, despite the fact food is plentiful enough to feed everyone on this planet.”
The MDC Food Drive for Haiti began Tuesday, May 27 and ended last Friday with 131 boxes collected from all eight campuses. Earlier this week, Food for the Poor picked up MDC’s items for final shipment and distribution to Haiti. Through its feeding center and warehouses in Haiti, Food For The Poor feeds more than 20,000 destitute Haitians every day. Some of the items collected included peanut butter, powdered milk, water, and a large assortment of canned goods.
“The terrible food shortage in Haiti desperately needs the attention of the American public,” said Aloma. “Even before the current food crisis, many children in Haiti were extremely malnourished, and were forced to quell their hunger pains with mud cookies. Students at Miami Dade College, through their generosity and desire to learn have brought awareness of the on-going crisis to the South Florida community. Food For The Poor commends the efforts of the students and faculty.”
Dr. Padrón added, “Our efforts may seem small compared to larger efforts being conducted nationwide, but I appreciate that the MDC family contributed to help our Caribbean neighbors as they confront the most critical days of this crisis.” Over the years, MDC has participated in numerous humanitarian campaigns such as relief for the victims of Katrina and the tsunami of 2004 and books for the children of Darfur to name a few.
Donations are being collected to support the student’s initiative. For $12 a month a family can be fed for a month in Haiti. Checks should be made out to Food For The Poor and include a special code “SC# 065139” so the money can be tracked to The Haitian Relief Project campaign. For more information or to send your tax-deductible contribution, please call 1-800-427-9104, and reference the special code assigned to the Haitian Relief Project campaign; or visit www.foodforthepoor.org/about/contact.html.
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, email@example.com, MDC communications director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, firstname.lastname@example.org, media specialist