CRS Cited for Successful Haiti Food Distribution

From a Washington Post article on the difficulties of food distribution:

Perhaps the most successful food operation in the capital took place this week on a once exclusive golf course in the hills east of the crippled downtown. Catholic Relief Services teamed with soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division to distribute more than 200 tons of food, principally lentils and bulgar, to about 6,500 families.

CRS spent three days doing a population of those who migrated to the course after the earthquake, said Donal Reilly, deputy director of the organization’s emergency response team. Each family was given a color-coded card. Haitian workers filled sacks, and U.S. soldiers hustled 100-pound bags down the hill to people organized into patient lines.

“With the American soldiers here, it’s easy. We’re looking at further cooperation with them,” Reilly said. “It’s a good lesson learned from what needs to happen.”

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