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.
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
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.