Coast Guard Cutter Tampa makes second trip to Haiti with relief supplies

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa delivered humanitarian relief supplies to the people of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday after several devastating tropical storms and hurricanes severely flooded portions of the island.

The delivery of nearly 17,700 pounds of food supplies donated by Kids Against Hunger, an international food relief organization, was the second shipment within a week-and-a-half for the Tampa crew.

The Tampa crew arrived in Port-au-Prince to deliver the provisions and was met on the pier by Kids Against Hunger founder Richard Proudfit along with members of his non-profit organization and Haitian relief workers.

The Tampa crew first arrived in Port-au-Prince on Sept. 23 to offload more than 8,000 pounds of relief supplies donated by Food for the Poor Inc., an international aid agency based in Florida. Supplies included hygiene items, food, water, bed linens and clothing.

In 2007, Kids Against Hunger shipped more than 27 million meals to starving children in 38 countries.

The Tampa is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va.

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