The Department of Defense has joined forces with Mission of Love and Feed MyPeople International to move more than 56 tons of bulk foods, clothing, medicalsupplies and equipment, generators and an ambulance to help the people ofHonduras.
The supplies will be shipped from storage sites in Youngstown, Ohioand Phoenix, Ariz., for eventual airlift to the Honduran capital ofTegucigalpa.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs(HRA) Patricia L. Irvin said the Department, in cooperation with othergovernment agencies and within the limits of its resources, understands andstrives to fulfill its responsibility to help alleviate suffering throughoutthe world.
She said the Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) is often themost economical means available to local charitable organizations to transportdonated goods to foreign countries for humanitarian purposes.
Under the 1986 DOD Authorization Act, HRA is authorized to transport non-lethalexcess property, relief supplies and privately donated cargo to meethumanitarian needs worldwide.
Over the past two years, 370 transportationmissions have been accomplished to more than 50 countries.