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Food for the Poor seeks to assure donations will reach Haitian victims

Published:Thursday | October 20, 2016 | 10:13 AM
Relief supplies destined for Haiti are sorted by Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and US soldiers yesterday at the JDF hanger, at the Norman Manly International Airport in Kingston. - Rudolph Brown Photos

Charity organisation Food For The Poor is seeking to assure Jamaicans that donations received for Haiti will be directly supplied to families affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Some Jamaicans have said they fear donating cash and other items to Haiti, as there is no stable government in place to monitor the hurricane relief activities and prevent the possible hijacking of supplies.

Food For The Poor Chairman Andrew Mahfood says the concerns are legitimate.

However, he says his organisation has strong leadership that ensures that items supplied for charity are given to those who require it.


Food For the Poor Chairman, William Mahfood

He says Food For The Poor is set to ship close to $10 million worth of items along with bottled water that were donated for the Haitian people.

He says the organisation has already collected some $5 million in cash and is seeking to receive further monetary donations from the private sector to fund relief efforts in Haiti.