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Vitamin Angels Responds to Haiti Disaster
Date:1/15/2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Vitamin Angels is a non profit, 501.c.3 charitable organization connecting essential micronutrients, especially vitamin A, with infants and children under 5 in need around the world. While not a disaster relief agency, Vitamin Angels has responded to an urgent request from our in-country partner, Hope for Haiti, by shipping over 1 million children's multivitamins. After the present crisis is averted, Vitamin Angels will be working to rebuild nutritional security in Haiti by focusing on long-term strategies for alleviating micronutrient deficiency.

"Having been in Haiti just a few months ago, and knowing the poor condition of the infrastructure before the earthquake, we've been immediately concerned about our in-country partners, how the children we are currently working with are doing and how the recent disaster will impact our long-term plans for Haiti," noted Howard B. Schiffer, President of Vitamin Angels.

Vitamin Angels focuses on long-range nutritional security through distribution of vitamin A and multivitamins (through our flagship programs Operation 20/20 and Thrive to Five, respectively). Vitamin Angels continues to explore other nutritional interventions – including a major new initiative to explore home fortification of meals with micronutrient powders. The recent disaster only underscores the need to redouble efforts for what will certainly be a long-term rebuilding effort in Haiti.

"With news of the disaster in Haiti, Vitamin Angels is working to assess how our partner organizations have been impacted," said Schiffer, "Hope for '/>"/>

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