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UPS Taps Its Global Network to Provide Financial and Logistics Support to Aid Ecuador Earthquake Recovery

MIAMI, May 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) --

The UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS UPS, -0.94% today announced an initial cash and in-kind commitment of more than USD $500,000 to aid in response and recovery efforts following the destructive earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16. The UPS Foundation contributions will enable the provision of urgent relief, as well as on-the-ground logistics support via the United Nations Logistics Cluster's Logistics Emergency Teams (LET).

Through its Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program, The UPS Foundation has already contributed a significant portion of these funds toward the immediate activation of emergency funds, enabling the purchase and distribution of critical relief supplies in Ecuador. These funds were provided to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where UPS was one of the agency's first partners to respond and commit funding to UNHCR's disaster relief efforts, which included the purchase of temporary shelter items to protect earthquake survivors during the rainy season.

Additionally, emergency funding was also given to the World Food Programme (WFP) to help procure perishable foods for emergency kits that are being delivered to impacted communities. These emergency food assistance kits contain products such as milk, quinoa, flour and tuna, which can provide enough food to feed over 8,000 people in the country's worst-hit areas. Funding was also activated for CARE to assist with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) relief. Given the widespread infrastructure damage, affected families will need clean...