Opportunities available to help in Haitian crisis

by Bryan Salvage
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DENVER — In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, some in the U.S. meat and poultry industry may be interested in making a donation to help those people who are so desperately in need — but they don’t know what is needed or where to go.

MEATPOULTRY.com contacted Liz Wunderlich, Caribbean manager, U.S. Meat Export Federation, to learn more about what is needed, and she replied in an e-mail: “It appears that as we suspected....a lack of refrigeration is a serious issue with [refrigerated and frozen] meat donations, although I’m thinking items like [canned, shelf-stable meat] would be of value.”

The Department of State suggests making donations to the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) and InterAction (www.interaction.org). “There are a host of other organizations doing amazing work for Haiti, too,” Madelina Young, formerly of the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, told Ms. Wunderlich.

“Everything I am hearing is that money is the best donation since distribution from supplier to end user, lack of electricity and fuel will be major issues for some time to come,” Margie Bauer, Foreign Agricultural Services Ag Attaché for the U.S. Embassy located in Santo Domingo, which covers the Dominican Republic and Haiti, told Ms. Wunderlich.
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