Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti; it is certainly a tragic situation. Many people are contacting us regarding our response to this disaster and we want to share that we are not chartered to provide international relief.
The most effective way for our community to help is to work with our fellow non-profit, non-governmental, and faith-based organizations that are responding at this very moment. These are all reputable organizations with ties to the Haitian community over the years. They can ensure that aid will get to the people in the most effective manner.
The situation is extremely difficult and only those organizations with knowledge of Haiti and the local connections can deliver aid effectively. These organizations need financial donations now.
Donations of food, clothing or other supplies will get bottle-necked in the logistics system at this point. Primarily, it’s military-related deliveries that are currently being channeled.
We recommend the following online resources , where you can find opportunities to help:
In the coming weeks, the situation will change and there may be opportunities for more domestic help. Your support may be needed once thousands of refugees are placed in Central Florida; they will have a need for basics such as food.
President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida