The UN has estimated that 3 million people in Haiti could be affected by food insecurity during the coming months. They won’t have enough to eat. High prices, flooding and cholera are three of the culprits. The price of basic foodstuffs has been on the rise in Haiti and the trend is expected to continue throughout 2011. In November 2010, hurricane Tomas caused flooding which damaged crops and decreased harvest. Rural areas are still under threat from the cholera epidemic as new pockets of cholera have been reported in remote areas.
One way to help protect families from food insecurity is to provide meals for children at school. Beginning in September 2011, PWRDF will be part of a program to provide free lunches to 3250 students, ensuring they will receive at least one good meal per day. Each student will receive a daily meal of a rice and bean soup known as “sauce pois”, the most common way of preparing beans in Haiti. Cooking oil and salt are also provided to schools. It will cost about $50 per student for the school year to provide these meals.
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