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Food for Peace aids earthquake victims in Ecuador

The United States Food for Peace program is coming to the aid of earthquake victims in Ecuador. An initial donation of half a million dollars is helping the UN World Food Programme feed those displaced by the 7.8 magnitude quake.

Food for Peace, which was started by President Dwight Eisenhower, is the main tool of the United States for feeding the hungry overseas. It’s run by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Food for Peace is the single biggest donor to the UN World Food Programme’s relief work in over 70 nations.

The earthquake has left hundreds dead and over 25,000 people displaced. With the destruction has come food shortages.

According to a United Nations appeal for Ecuador, “Loss of livelihoods and assets, as well as damage to roads and markets in rural areas, have reduced an estimated 518,000 people ́s access to food.” As many families in Ecuador were already living in poverty, there is little for them to fall back on after a disaster.

The first Food for Peace donation is providing high energy biscuits for quick nutrients to those left hungry by the quake. In addition, food vouchers will be provided to people in areas where markets are still open.

Food for Peace officers are still assessing the damage in Ecuador and this will determine additional donations. Many impoverished families will likely need support for the coming months. There could be significant damage to agriculture in the earthquake zone.

The World Food Programme says it plans to feed at least 260,000 people in the coming months. This number could change at anytime. The food distributions will include hospitals, where food shortages have been reported.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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Ecuador: earthquake victims receive food aid, more needed

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Thursday that emergency food deliveries are underway in earthquake-devastated Ecuador. It’s just the beginning of a larger relief mission as the 7.8 magnitude quake has left many families with little or no supplies.

The WFP distributions started April 19 with the arrival of food kits to 8,000 people in the town of Portoviejo in Manabí province.

Good planning has helped the disaster response. WFP had disaster rations already prepared including quinoa, rice, pasta, tuna, sardines, oatmeal and lentils.

Kyungnan Park, the WFP Representative in Ecuador, explains, “WFP was ready to react swiftly to this emergency thanks to joint efforts with the Ecuadorian Government to prepare a response to the El Niño weather phenomenon, which is currently affecting the country.”

But the needs are massive and WFP is planning to feed at least 260,000 earthquake victims. Hospitals are reporting shortages. WFP is sending emergency rations to these and other locations at the request of the government.

WFP, the largest hunger relief organization, relies entirely on voluntary donations from governments, the public and the business sector.

WFP spokesperson Steve Taravella says PepsiCo Foundation just donated US $500,000 to the Ecuador relief effort. WFP is accepting donations for the emergency operation at its home page.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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