Typhoon Haiyan—the strongest storm recorded at landfall—may have struck the Philippines two months ago, but our aid to them is far from being done. Immediately after the typhoon hit, Feeding the Nations sprung into action. During phase one of the relief efforts, we provided cash for supplies to be purchased in country to help with immediate needs. Now phase two is underway as we have sent 2.3 million meals in just two months time.
These meals were sent in six shipments between November 25 and January 17 thanks to our partnerships with World Compassion Network, Warsaw, Ind., and Global Samaritan Resources, Abilene, Texas. The 2.3 million meals are part of phase two of the relief strategy. Immediately after the disaster, FTN began phase one by providing cash for Victory Christian Fellowship, an agency with a large footprint in the Philippines, so they could purchase canned meats, bottled water, biscuits, blankets, sleeping mats and more to help with immediate needs. Phase three will be an ongoing effort to send food over the next six to 12 months as recovery continues.
Reports estimate over 11 million people were affected by the disaster, with over 6,200 lives lost and many are still homeless. We are committed to providing assistance over time to the people of the Philippines as they rebuild and recover. Just as their recovery work won’t be done overnight, our aid to them will not just be immediate, but will continue over the coming months.
It’s not too late to join with us in reaching the people of the Philippines with much-needed food.