(KPLR) – A St. Louis charity is fighting to get lifesaving food to hurricane victims in Haiti. It's no easy task.
The charity is called “Meds and Foods for Kids". It’s based in Clayton with a factory in Haiti.
Hurricane Matthew spared the factory, but roads are a mess and now there's the threat of bandits stealing the food.
Dr. Patricia Wolff, the pediatrician and founder of Meds and Food for Kids is orchestrating relief efforts there from her Clayton office.
The factory in Cap Haitien is now running three shifts around the clock, producing the peanut-based Medika Mamba super-food, which the charity boasts, has successfully treated more than 180,000 malnourished children as of 2015.
The demand for it is soaring with no way to absolutely safeguard deliveries across the small island nation.
“So we have to send our stuff in convoys. We can’t just go car-by-car,” Woff said. “Our containers have been delayed by a week or 10 days coming from Florida with raw materials in them because of the hurricane. So we’re behind on raw materials, too.”
The roads remain impassable in spots. The need there is almost unimaginable back in St. Louis.
“They lost their houses. They lost their crops. They lost their animals. What are they going to do? They lost their net worth which is probably $100-$200…they don’t have any food because all of their crops are wiped out. They don’t have anything to sell,” Wolff said.
The factory in Haiti is self-sustaining, employing 65 resident’s full-time and exporting food to 12 other countries.
As with the earthquake in 2010, this will be a long-term recovery. Meds and Food for Kids is pushing to add new equipment to its factory to double its output and seeking donations.
You can donate at www.mfkhaiti.org.