On Jan. 12, 2010, a devestating earthquake struck Haiti, reducing much of its capital to rubble. It was the worst earthquake in the region in more than 200 years. Estimates of the total cost of the disaster were between $8 billion to $14 billion. The death toll was estimated from 200,000 to 250,000. Later the toll was revised by Haiti's president to upwards of 300,000 and bodies are still being recovered.
International donors promised Haiti $5.3 billion at a March 2010 donor’s conference; but only about $1.0 billion has actually been received. More than a million displaced people still live under tents and tarpaulins because rebuilding has barely begun. Hampering reconstruction is Haiti's lack of heavy equipment needed for debris removal.
During 2010 the 83 chapters of Kids Against Hunger shipped 30 million meals to Haiti. The need there continues to be great. Many chapters are still packaging and stockpiling meals for shipment to Haiti; including our own, Kids Against Hunger Central Texas.