Ebola Orphans food drive to be held in Minnesota

Friday, February 20, 2015
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A food drive to benefit the orphans and neglected children stemming for the Ebola outbreak that devastated Liberia, Guinea and sierra leone, kicks off tomorrow (February 21) at the Brooklyn Park Community Center starting from 11am to 6pm. Food supplies collected will be sent to reputable organizations already working in the region to address hunger and the aftermath of Ebola.

The Minnesota African Task Force Against Ebola (MATFAE) is coordinating the food drive and is a continuation of its heightened profile in leading the African immigrant community response to the epidemic. MATFAE is appealing to the public to bring non-perishable food items to share with those whose lives have been negatively impacted by Ebola in West Africa

MATFAE said in statement the food drive is a first step “in a sustained campaign to help address hunger and food insecurity in the three countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak.”

“Even as a united world races to contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa, life-threatening hunger and chronic food insecurity are beginning to devastate the lives of vulnerable people, especially poor families, orphans, neglected children, and seniors,” said Robena Lewis-Vincent, project coordinator of the food drive. “Unless the African Diaspora plays its part, so many vulnerable lives will be expose to serious life-threatening crises beyond our worse fears.”

The World Bank, which with its sister organization the International monetary Fund (IMF) was blamed in an in depth study by a UK organization for contributing to the spread of Ebola by discouraging public investments in health, has estimated that almost a million people in the three affected countries are facing increasing hunger and acute food shortages.The Ebola crisis affected agriculture production.

Volunteers are also needed for the event. those interested can call Robena Lewis-Vincent at 660-687-9016, MATFAE Chair Abdullah Kiatamba at 612-388-4767 of the Assistant Coordinator Isaac Owens at 612-323-8834.

Ebola Orphans Food Drive
Saturday, February 21, 2015 11:00am-6:00pm
Location: Brooklyn park Community Center, 5600 85th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55443
Project Coordinator Contact: Robena Lewis-Vincent, 660-687-9016
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Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the DishNetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president ofВ  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.