Breedlove officials assess damage in Haiti, plan to send more aid - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/8/10

Breedlove officials assess damage in Haiti, plan to send more aid

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Aid is available in Haiti, but the situation still continues to be quite desperate. That's the message Breedlove Foods CEO David Fish returned to Lubbock with after spending 10 days traveling through Haiti two months after a 7.0 earthquake shook the capital.

In less than two months, nearly 3 million servings of food has been sent to Haiti from Lubbock and consumed.

"The sheer scope of what needs to be done just looking at it is overwhelming," says Fish who knows because he has seen it with his own eyes. He captured images of hungry Haitians waiting in long lines for a meal. He was on a mission to find people in need of aid that slipped through the cracks.

"A lot of people in urban areas are moving into rural areas so they can find housing and become reestablished so when they do they go outside that radius of aid," says Fish. Working with local partners in Haiti, Breedlove plans to send food to nearly half a million people who have moved outside Port-au-Prince.  

"Many of the family units there have seen a lot neighbors and relatives that have moved in with them. Where you used to have a family unit of about 5 people now there are 10-15 people in that same house," adds Fish.

The non-profit company can ship a container, which holds about 1 million servings of food for $50,000 to Haiti which makes each serving cost about $.05.

"There's a lot of aid getting into country. There is water and food available for most part. My concern is you have hundreds of thousands living in tents and a lot of those areas are highly concentrated and we're approaching rainy season," says Fish. The West Texas support has and will continue to make a difference.

"I don't say this lightly it saved a lot of lives it continue to save a lot of lives," says Fish.

The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are still active on the ground in Haiti. Money donated through the Lubbock Cares, a consortium of local agencies, was divided between Breedlove, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.    

The next shipment is scheduled to leave sometime this week. American State Bank branches are still accepting donations for the Haitian relief.

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