Local non-profit organization leads the way in relief for Haiti - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/13/10

Local non-profit organization leads the way in relief for Haiti

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A one-of-a-kind local humanitarian organization is leading in disaster relief for those in the Haitian Earthquake. Breedlove Dehydrated Foods is already mobilizing to send millions of servings of food to help out those in need.

One by one bags are filled up, travel up the conveyer belt, and packed into boxes. Twelve bags to a box, 48 boxes to a pallet, and 20 pallets a day make up the foods that will be delivered. Breedlove has the capacity to package three million servings each day making them one of the most humanitarian organizations.

"Breedlove is unique in that we are a commercial sized processing facility that is non-profit that is dedicated to humanitarian relief efforts," said Breedlove CEO David Fish.

The packages contain different kinds of dehydrated foods that help feed the hungry in over 80 countries. "To my knowledge we are the only one in the US and in the world that does what we do exclusively," said Fish.

In the last seven years Breedlove has sent more than 60 million servings to Haiti and now Fish says they're sending even more to help after the Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Haiti. By the end of the day, Breedlove expects to have around two million servings ready to be shipped over the next few days, all thanks to it being dehydrated food. "It's a very effective way of being able to deliver a great deal of food very quickly with a minimum of resources to get it there," said Fish.

Fish says it's during times like these when American's should step up to lend a hand. "For one thing it's what we're mandated to do. It's why we exist to provide this kind of help," said Fish.

For those looking for family members living in Haiti you are urged to call the state department at 888-407-4747.

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