February 1st, 2010
11:32 AM ET

Massive food distribution begins in quake-ravaged Haitian capital

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/WORLD/americas/01/30/haiti.food.aid/story.haiti.aid.gi.jpg caption="More than 376 metric tons of rice were distributed to 100,368 people at nine locations in Haiti on Sunday." width=300 height=169]

Moni Basu

A massive two-week food distribution effort aimed at reaching 2 million people began Sunday in Haiti's quake-ravaged capital.

Slightly more than 376 metric tons of rice were distributed to 100,368 people at nine locations during the day, World Food Programme spokesman Marcus Prior said.

The food distribution plan, coordinated by the United Nations World Food Programme, international aid agencies and the Haitian government, was to hand out food at 16 identified points across the city. But on Sunday, people at only nine of those places were able to collect, Prior said.

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  1. john Laforme

    It's about time some food has been handed out a lot of the people haven't had anything to eat for two weeks. From what I can see from the reports from the news men especially Anderson Cooper it almost appears that the Government of Haiti could care less about their people. food and drugs have been in country almost since the earthquake. If the Government would step up to the plate both the meds and the food could have been distributed and even showing up at the camps and hospitals would have given the people a sense of security .

    February 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  2. V Wolsk, New York City

    Great that they are getting some food but why just rice? what about milk (non-refrigerated or powdered) and fruits and vegetables? where is all the donated money going?

    February 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  3. Sue

    It is absolutely absurd that it has taken 20 days to figure out how to distribute food and only 9 of the 16 planned locations were actually supplied with food because the organizers didn't have time to distribute coupons at all 16 locations?????

    As to the outlying areas, if it wasn't for the small NGO's the outlying areas would have received NOTHING to date. And now the small NGO's are being prevented from even picking up supplies from the airport.

    Bureacracy is causing people to starve and to die from unattended injuries and illnesses. It is no wonder that officials get nervous when photographers try to get near the airport. The truth needs to be told about what is actually happening on the ground in Haiti. BBC is doing a much better job of disclosing the truth than is CNN.

    February 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  4. Cindy

    It's about time that they started handing out massive amounts of food in Haiti. They should have done this weeks ago instead of making these people "scrounge" for food. Hopefully they can reach everyone and keep it going also.


    February 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm |