A Homestead, Fla.-based specialty fruits and vegetables importer and grower is coordinating a food relief effort to help Haitian earthquake victims.

Alvaro Perpuly, general manager of Fresh King Inc. is seeking contributions from distributors of a variety of foods to provide relief supplies and nonperishable foods.

Fresh King working on food industry Haiti relief effort

Relief efforts involve supplies of all kinds but focus on nonperishable foods and other materials such as child medications, personal hygiene and tools.

Perpuly said he wants to use the supplies to help victims return to normal life after the earthquake.

Perpuly said Fresh King has received strong response from food companies from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta who have send Fresh King more than 44 pallets of different items.

Perpuly said he has been in contact with the mango growers that Fresh King works with in Haiti.

“They are alive thank God but they are in distress,” he said. “The last time I talked with some of my growers, they said they were devastated. They need a lot of shelter, like tents. Many people are still living in the streets.”

Perpuly said he has been talking with companies such as The Home Depot to see if they can provide material for tents.

On Feb. 11, Bill Schaefer, Fresh King’s vice president of marketing, said the company was in the process of filling containers of relief supplies it planned to ship to Haiti.

He said Fresh King is working on receiving food industry contributions with Stephanie Johnson who formerly worked in marketing for Brooks Tropicals Inc., Homestead, and for the Maitland-based Florida Tomato Committee.  Johnson now works in the peanut industry.

Perpuly said he has received container loads of supplies and upon telephoning food industry contributors received more contributions.

Schaefer said shipment of the supplies hasn’t been scheduled.