Whether it’s empty cupboards for a hurting family in the U.S. or 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 provides hunger relief by 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. Hunger relief is one of the core programs Operation Blessing employs to help families around the world rise up out of poverty.
HUNGER RELIEF AROUND THE GLOBE
From community gardens to partnership events, Operation Blessing is providing hunger relief to struggling families by:
- Partnering with the NFL Washington Redskins to provide meals to hungry families. For more than ten years Operation Blessing has partnered with the NFL to provide hunger relief for more than 25,000 Americans in need of food.
- Distributing emergency food relief to refugees and victims of natural disaster when they need it most. For instance, after Hurricane Isaac struck St. Bernard Parish, OBI teams served 2,000 hot meals to disaster victims in only two hours.
- Pioneering raised-bed and space-saving gardening techniques in places like Antigua, Guatemala. Teaching communities how to cultivate and harvest in tight spaces has given many the knowledge and skills to create their own home gardens to feed their families.
- Employing Operation Blessing’s Hunger Strike Force to distribute food to partners and food pantries across America, traveling over 1 million miles every year and feeding hungry children and their families.
- Bringing hunger relief to Africa through agriculture and cultivation opportunities. In Rwanda, Operation Blessing and partner organization Gardens for Health educate people on battling malnutrition through healthy gardening, while the women of Kimana, Kenya, are learning to harvest and sell beans through an Operation Blessing initiative.
Join Operation Blessing and become part of the fight to end hunger in America and other nations. Find out how you can join these hunger relief efforts and bring hope to the hurting today!
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.