Stop Hunger Now is preparing to deliver relief supplies to Kathmandu, Nepal in response to the devastation caused by the recent 7.9 magnitude earthquake. In conjunction with Stop Hunger Now India and other non-governmental organizations (NGO) in the region, Stop Hunger Now is planning on providing food and other aid for victims of the earthquake.
“Stop Hunger Now is acting quickly to provide life-saving food and aid to the families affected by the earthquake,” said Rod Brooks, Stop Hunger Now President and CEO. “As the extent of the need becomes clearer, we intend to help the people of Nepal for as long as necessary.”
With the help of volunteers and supporters, Stop Hunger Now aims to deliver at least 1.2 million meals to Nepal, which is enough to provide 2 meals per day for many as 21,000 people for one month. The initial response will include 700,000 meals to be packaged and shipped through the Stop Hunger Now affiliates in India and Malaysia, and 142,560 meals air freighted from Kansas City, MO through our partner Heart to Heart International.
In addition to meals, Stop Hunger Now shipments will include other critical supplies such as health kits. Stop Hunger Now is working with local in-country partner Hope Worldwide Foundation to distribute the aid to impacted communities throughout Nepal.
Stop Hunger Now will stage meal packaging events, as well as transportation and distribution operations through its affiliate Stop Hunger Now India in Bangalore, India. Due to its close proximity to Nepal, Stop Hunger Now India will be able to coordinate the response faster, cheaper and more efficiently so that meals and other aid can get where it is needed most.
“Our affiliates around the world are able to respond quickly in times of crisis to get meals on the ground in a matter of days,” said Brooks. “By establishing our meal packaging program in India this year . . . we are able to provide immediate support to neighboring countries like Nepal when disaster strikes.”
Stop Hunger Now is raising funds to package at least 500,000 additional meals in India and to support the transportation and distribution of the meals and donated aid to Nepal.