Jaindl Farms and B.Braun donate over 40,000 lbs. of food to aid relief efforts
Haiti had still not recovered from the 2010 earthquake that killed 200,000 people when Hurricane Matthew hit last month. Since the strongest storm in a half-century struck Haiti, there has been a global outcry for food, water, and resources to help the ravaged land that lost the majority of it naturally occurring produce and livestock.
To aid in relief efforts, Jaindl Farms has agreed to donate 40,000 lbs. of premium turkey products. The product will be loaded on a 40 ft. “container” on Friday, November 4, with B.Braun coordinating transportation.
“My family, management, and staff at Jaindl Farms are certainly happy and proud to help those in need,” said Jaindl. “We would like to recognize B.Braun, led by Caroll Neubauer, B.Braun Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, for meeting the transportation needs getting the product to Haiti. Senator Pat Toomey was instrumental in bringing this need to our attention and strongly advocated that this effort become a reality. Senator Toomey asked not to be recognized but I felt I should give credit where credit is due,” said Jaindl.
In coordinating these efforts, David Jaindl, President of Jaindl farms worked with Lehigh Valley resident Dr. Sara Viessman who has long been affiliated with Haitian relief.
“It has always been critical to avoid competing with local farmers in Haiti when it comes to food donations, but now that 90% of the crops and 75% of the livestock have been devastated in the southwest and northwest regions of Haiti there is more of a need than ever,” said Viessman. After discussing sustainability efforts in collaboration with Jaindl Farms, Jaindl felt he wanted to respond to the rebuilding efforts.
Life-long Haitians, Israna and Gerald Germain, who currently work with Dr. Viessman and Lehigh University’s Sustainable Development Program, will deliver these generous food donations by Jaindl Farms once in Haiti. The combined efforts of Lehigh Valley businesses and residents will provide both nutrition and hope to thousands of individuals uniting and rebuilding their nation after destruction.
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