Critical to this effort is the support of people across the globe willing to donate to ensure there are adequate food supplies. This is just the beginning of a six-month emergency operation being planned by the World Food Programme. WFP is appealing for US$279 million dollars to feed two million people over this time period.
After the emergency stage, WFP will began to work with Haitians on food for work projects aimed at rebuilding the country. Haiti is going to need a steady stream of food over what will be a lengthy recovery process. Donations to the World Food Programme or the Friends of the World Food Program are vital.
You can also get involved by spreading the word or helping your state's WFP committee. Some of the other charities providing aid are Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, World Vision, Mercy Corps, and Food for the Poor. An entire list is available at interaction.org.
We have seen and overcome great disasters before. One of the legacies of the greatest generation of World War II was aiding the war-torn countries.
Food and material aid was the foundation for their recovery. It was one of the greatest peace achievements in history. A new legacy for this generation may just be starting with Haiti.
A WFP beneficiary in Port-au-Prince (2009) (WFP/Anne Poulsen)