On Friday, November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit the Philippines with a wind strength equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane. The storm cut a swath of destruction across the Philippines killing more than 6,100 people and displacing millions more. Stop Hunger Now immediately mobilized its vast network of partners to coordinate response efforts that would put food, water filters, medical supplies, hygiene kits and other critical supplies on the ground in the Philippines in a matter of days.
With four established partners working on the ground in the Philippines ready to receive and distribute meals and aid, the Stop Hunger Now response was swift and effective. Thanks to in-country partners Convoy of Hope, Salesian Missions, Feed the Hungry and Heart to Heart International, food and supplies were distributed where they were needed most. Another group, Baskets For Jesus, a Philippino-based church group, helped distribute the meals to various smaller islands in the Philippines that are not covered by other NGOs and relief organizations.
Having established the Stop Hunger Now Malaysia affiliate in 2013, meal packaging events were already taking place in Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. This positioned Stop Hunger Now to provide life-saving meals and other aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan by delivering 300,000 meals within two weeks after the storm devastated the region.
Within the first 3 weeks after Typhoon Haiyan struck, Stop Hunger Now was able to coordinate the shipment of more than 2 million meals and donated aid such as medical supplies, hygiene kits, protein shakes, etc., as well as raise cash contributions to fund in-country meal packaging. The response is ongoing. To date, Stop Hunger Now has committed nearly 3 million meals and more than $672,800 in donated aid for a response totaling more than $1.5 million towards relief efforts in the Philippines.
Stop Hunger Now relies on a broad network of partners who generously supply time, talent and resources to help mobilize the critical aid needed in times of crisis. We wish to thank those individuals and organizations who helped to make the Typhoon Haiyan response possible.
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