In response to the devastating typhoon that surged through the Philippines killing thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands, our Something to Eat distribution partners at Food for the Hungry are working with other crisis response agencies to assess and address the immediate needs.
Many have been asking how they can participate with Something to Eat and how we fit into this response. It's important that aid agencies know their timing and their place in disaster response. Flooding a country with food and medical supplies does no good if roads are impassable with debris, water isn't drinkable, and there is no gas or cooking supplies to prepare food. The good intentions of too many aid organizations are poorly timed, are often wasted or misused, and their help ends up hurting. Multinational organizations like the UN and Red Cross are providing this critical first step and are drawing from food stockpiles in the region.
But needs will soon surpass the stockpile of regional aid and the Something to Eat meals distributed by Food for the Hungry will provide 'just in time' aid. We have several thousand meals that are ready to be shipped and in the next few weeks we want to package even more to arrive in the Philippines precisely when they're needed most.
On Friday, November 29, when many of us are shopping for Christmas presents we really don't need, join us in packaging the most critical of presents this year. Take your family, your friends, church, small group, or office to celebrate Something to Eat's Pack Friday event. On Pack Friday, join hundreds of others in packaging thousands of meals that in the coming weeks will be shipped to the Philippines to arrive when regional food stockpiles run thin. Plan your day and prepare your group now.