Breedlove Foods Inc. is on a mission to feed 3 million Africans who are facing harsh drought conditions due to El Niño, which means scarce food availability.
On Jan. 29, Breedlove, a Lubbock-based humanitarian relief organization, launched the “Breedlove for Africa: Spreading Hope One Meal at a Time” campaign.
The nonprofit’s goal is to raise $75,000 by March, which will be matched with another $75,000 by the Breedlove Board of Directors. The funds will be used to send three containers of Breedlove’s dehydrated food to countries in eastern and southern Africa.
“There has not been any rainfall so crops have failed, livestock have died and there is no water to drink,” Mark Wentling, Breedlove Foods regional director-Africa, said. “The last estimate is over 50 million people are facing an emergency food crisis. At Breedlove, our mission is to feed the hungry and when we see in Africa so many people suffering, and almost near starvation from lack of food, that strikes a chord in us.”
Each of Breedlove’s food containers contains about 18,760 packages of dehydrated food that have a two-year shelf life. The food consists of dry lentils and dehydrated, unflavored vegetable blends that are prepared as soup. It’s easy to digest and contains complex carbohydrates that can be seasoned to accommodate local food culture, Breedlove officials said.
Wentling said the people who are most in need in Africa are children.
“We’re hearing reports that 50,000 children are near starvation in Somalia in South Sudan,” he said. “Also in countries like Malawi there are 500,000 children, under 5, that need food.”
One food container is already being prepared to be shipped to Zimbabwe, which Wentling said he hopes will be shipped by the end of March.
“It takes a long time to get there … but the need will never finish,” he said.
To make an online donation to the Breedlove for Africa campaign, visit www.breedlove.org and click on the donate tab
Donations can also be mailed to Breedlove’s corporate office at 1818 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lubbock, TX, 79403 or by calling 741-0404 and the contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org