Quake Survivors Score Meals from Pizza Place

According to, “Before a massive earthquake laid waste to the Haitian capital, the Muncheez pizza restaurant was beyond the means of most, even in the smart suburb of Petionville where it is located.”

“But since the disaster struck a little over two weeks ago, the upmarket pizzeria in Port-au-Prince has started catering to a different clientele: the desperate, starving survivors of a devastated city. Kitchen staffers who are sleeping on the streets themselves cook up 1 000 free meals every day. ‘The day after the quake we realised we have all this food inside, and a generator for two days. It’s just going to go bad, so we’re going to cook for the people who need it,’ explained co-owner Gilbert Bailly.”

“The lines grew fast and soon neighbours were donating food as thousands of dollars also flowed in from friends and family in the United States to help the bizarre aid venture. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) brought Muncheez a truckload of rice, beans, cornmeal and cooking oil. The elegant Montana Hotel, which collapsed in the quake, offered what could be saved from its freezers. ‘That was a gourmet day,’ recalled Bailly. ‘Steak, sausage, turkey.'”