Seacoast Area Volunteers to pack 100,000 Meals for Haitian Families

Photo Credits: Bobbi Slavin Photography


May 2, 2011, Portsmouth, NH —Local businesses, community members, and church leaders are joining together to pack 100,000 meals on May 21st to be shipped in a container to Haitian children. This event, organized by Help for Haiti, a local non-profit, Bethany Church, and local business leaders, seeks the community’s help for two hour shifts to pack bio-engineered high protein meals into sealed plastic bags for local distribution on the ground in Marmalade and other rural villages.

“It’s been amazing how many people have pulled together to make this happen,” said Mark Rivera, Campus Pastor-Intern of Bethany Church. “Leaders from the business community, Help for Haiti, and church congregants have been meeting since late 2010 with the vision to supply 100,000 meals and now we’re making it happen.”

The team is partnering with Feed My Starving Children, an organization based in Minnesota chartered with eliminating starvation in children throughout the world by helping to instill compassion in people to hear and respond to the cries of those in need. Their approach is grass roots: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. They have provided “food packing events” and shipped meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.

“After travelling to Haiti for over seven years to help the poor, my wife Betsy and I decided to found Help for Haiti, a Christian non-profit organization based in Rye, New Hampshire,” said Jim Willey, Founder and President for Help for Haiti, and former president of Willey Brothers. “There are children and families starving, the unemployment rate is over 80%, people really need our help. It’s time to pull together and do something. Getting the community together to pack 100, 000 meals on a Saturday is one way you can make a difference.” Jim Willey and Help for Haiti need your help to pay the $ 34,000 cost for the food and to cover the shipping cost for 100,000 meals to the schools in Haiti. Their goal is to provide a lunch for 500 kids each day they are in school who need food to be alert and to learn. To donate, please visit: or send your donation to: Help for Haiti, PO Box 103, Rye, NH 03870. Help for Haiti’s promise is that 100% of your donation will go directly to the cost of the food and the shipping cost.

Why does it make sense to help Haiti now?

  • Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere
  • 40% of Haiti’s 9 million people are under the age of 14 years old
  • 23% literacy rate
  • 12% children die before the age of 5 years
  • 80% children do NOT receive education past 6th grade
  • 80% unemployment rate
  • Since 1990, Haiti has been hit with 16 Hurricanes, 25 Floods, 7 Droughts, 2 Earthquakes

The community is invited to volunteer and/or donate to help deliver 100,000 meals. All are welcome and encouraged to register on-line for a two hour shift:


Frank Jones Center
400 Route One By-Pass
Portsmouth, NH

When: Saturday, May 21st

Shifts: 9:00 am | 11:30 am | 2:00 pm



About Help for Haiti:

Help for Haiti is a Christian 501c3 specifically designed to feed and educate children in the northeast area of Haiti while we build companies and potential jobs for their future. Food and an education are necessary for all children, but a job after an education builds a life. Our promise is that our commitment to Haiti will be matched with a set of strong business controls to assure that the money we spend and invest ends up accomplishing the intended goals:

Feed. Educate. Employ. For more information please contact:


  1. Hello,
    I tried clicking on the link to register to help on saturday but got an error message. Please let me know how I can sign up to volunteer. thanks

  2. Hi – We’re trying to sign up for the food pack this Saturday but unable to do so using the website link. There are three of us who would like to come at 9am. Do we just show up in Portsmouth?


  3. Working Sat, May 21, 11:30am

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