After the devastating earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program (WISHH) and World Soy Foundation (WSF), along with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and the National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL), are currently working to develop emergency and long-term relief efforts for the country.

NSRL has been managing WISHH projects, funded by ISA, in Haiti for five years. "We had already begun a school feeding program that was intended to assist over 300 girls at a school in Haiti, but the quake has disrupted that work for now," said ISA Chief Executive Officer Lyle Roberts. "We believe there are other ways we can help at this time; providing assistance with soy protein may be one of the most effective."

WSF is teaming up with the Canadian non-profit Malnutrition Matters the European organization Birdge2Food to develop a multi-national SoyFoods Haiti Alliance Relief Effort, or "SHARE." The over-riding principle of this effort is to promote and facilitate the donation and delivery of soy-based foods to Haiti. The groups will introduce Web pages for the U.S., Canada and Europe, which will list contact names and related information on ways and ideas to help feed the people of Haiti beyond the initial emergency relief supplies. The various Web pages would evolve, perhaps daily, to include updated news, contacts and other information.

The soy industry is in a unique position to provide assistance to sustain the Haitian people with nutritious ingredients for the upcoming year. Soy products such as textured soy protein, defatted soy flour, corn soy blend, soy milk, and other shelf stable soy products would provide significant nutritious impact. As new resources become available, WSF can join with NSRL, ISA, WISHH and other organizations active in Haiti to help relieve nutritional problems in the short and long term.

Look for more information on how you can help the people of Haiti receive protein-rich food from WISHH and WSF in the coming weeks. For the latest updates, make sure to regularly visit http://www.wishh.org and http://www.worldsoyfoundation.org.