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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 01/07/99
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Shoulder to Shoulder Receives Chiquita Grant

Cincinnati—The Chiquita Brands International Foundation has given a $20,000 grant to Shoulder to Shoulder, Inc., for its medical work in Honduras, announced Wayne E. Waite, president of Shoulder to Shoulder.

"This year, we wanted to increase our annual financial support to Shoulder to Shoulder because of its expanded mission of serving larger areas of Honduras and the increased need for help as a result of Hurricane Mitch," says Joseph W. Hagin, vice president of Corporate Affairs at Chiquita. "We hope that our grant will inspire others to contribute to this outstanding organization that does so much good for people in need."

Shoulder to Shoulder is a not-for-profit charitable organization affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The organization’s mission is to deliver primary health care and public health services to rural, underserved communities in Honduras. Since Hurricane Mitch, the mission has expanded to include the provision of comprehensive relief services to the areas most affected. From January through March, Shoulder to Shoulder, Matthew 25 Ministries, and Chiquita Brands International will send more containers of food, clothing, and medical supplies to several communities in rural Honduras. In addition, Shoulder to Shoulder will continue operating its medical clinic in Santa Lucia, Intubuca in rural Honduras, which has been in operation since 1993.

Chiquita has supported Shoulder to Shoulder almost since its inception. The company shipped building materials and supplies for the establishment of the medical clinic in Santa Lucia, one of the poorest areas of Honduras. Chiquita’s ongoing support has also included operating funds, free shipments of medical equipment and supplies annually, a four-wheel drive truck, as well as transportation for Hurricane Mitch relief efforts. Two Chiquita associates have recently joined the Board of Shoulder to Shoulder. These new members are Stan Witkowski, director of Corporate Administrative Services in Cincinnati, and Francisco Aguilar, director of Technical Services for the Tela Railroad division in Honduras.

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