Global Activism: Feeding the Starving in Haiti

April 24, 2008

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Today, in a letter to President Bush, the Congressional Black Caucus urged immediate and decisive action on the dire crisis in Haiti.

Members called on the President to provide Haiti with immediate debt relief and extend Temporary Protective Status for Haitian nationals currently in the U.S. 

Haitians continue to flee their country Haiti in search of safety and opportunity. Last week, the Coast Guard intercepted and turned back a boat carrying 247 Haitians trying to reach the United States.

On average, worldwide food prices have increased by about 40 percent since mid-2007. Prices have doubled and tripled in some countries. The strain has led to riots and protests in countries such as Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Haiti and Egypt.

Over 16,000 children die every day from starvation related illnesses. Feed My Starving Children is a group working to do something about it. Last year alone, they sent more than 30 million meals abroad. 

Bea Pedersen is the Chicago Director of Development for “Feed My Starving Children.” The last time Bea was on with us, she told us about her efforts to start up the group's Chicagoland branch.

Bea Pedersen's first appearance on the show was featured as one of our Global Activism stories. The work of “Feed My Starving Children” was suggested by Mary Carr.

Mary's family started volunteering with “Feed My Starving Children” and she wrote us how much she and her kids enjoyed packing meals.

Bea just returned from Haiti where she's helping feed people there and I asked her again about Feed my Starving Children and their current project in Haiti