Whether it’s empty cupboards for a hurting family in the U.S. or a drought-stricken communities fighting famine in Africa, hunger is a very real enemy for so many worldwide. Children are especially at risk, as hunger can lead to sickness, malnutrition and even death. In the U.S., Operation Blessing’s Hunger Strike Force delivers truckloads of food and relief every week to pantries and partnering organizations. Worldwide, OBI is supporting nutritional feeding programs in schools, seed banks for families facing famine, and community farms and garden projects that offer sustainable solutions for food insecure regions.
How are you addressing hunger in America?
In uncertain economic times, many households are unable to provide sufficient food and nutrition for each family member, leaving many unsure of where their next meal will come from. Operation Blessing’s Hunger Strike Force has a fleet of tractor trailer trucks that transport much-needed food and relief products every week to a network of community-based partners across the U.S. These partners in turn serve local food pantries and hunger relief agencies nationwide. Currently, OBI has strategically located distribution centers in Virginia, Texas and Florida that make it possible to ship food and relief supplies to disadvantaged families across the U.S.
How do you obtain donated food in the U.S.?
By working closely with food processing companies, growers and manufacturers, OBI taps into America’s surplus and gathers corporate donations of food staples and relief products, delivering much-needed food and relief supplies to hurting families. To learn more about how corporate gift-in-kind donations can make a difference, call an OBI Procurement Manager today at 1-800-436-6348.
What are your long-term, food security solutions?
Across Latin America and Africa, Operation Blessing supports feeding programs that provide malnourished children with nutrient-rich meals, while garden projects and community farms are teaching locals how to grow and harvest food to feed their families and sell in the market. Specifically, OBI is teaching Maasai tribal villagers in Kenya how to utilize drip irrigation and raise drought-resistant crops; training farmers in Honduras to grow a new, disease-resistant variety of potatoes; running a solar-powered fish farm and hatchery in Haiti that provides seed baby tilapia; operating 17 seed banks in Niger and more.
What are seed banks and how do they work?
In the famine-stricken country of Niger, 17 seed (or grain) banks are providing much needed food to families in times of famine or drought. Operation Blessing constructed the banks with the help of villagers and initially stocked each one with several tons of millet. During the harvest season, villagers sell a portion of their millet crops to the banks. Then, during times of severe drought or crop failure when food is scarce and unaffordable, families can use the income they received to purchase millet from the bank at a lower than market price – sustaining them until the next harvest.