Nearly two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on Nov. 7, 1.9 million people remain homeless, almost 4,000 deaths have been confirmed and another 1,600 people still missing, according to NPR. The storm was the deadliest Philippine typhoon since 1991 and effects are widespread. While it is unknown how long it will take the region to recover, the on-the-ground situation still appears confusing and devastating.
To help those still in need, the State Department announced it is officially cooperating with US-based nonprofit The mGive Foundation's Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund, which anyone can donate to online or via text. Of course, other organizations are collecting donations as well and NBC News has provided a fairly comprehensive list of national organizations accepting donations. Because of the costs and logistics of shipping, people are being strongly encouraged not to donate actual food, clothes or goods, but to send money to reputable organizations.
(In the Philippines, interestingly, the storm is known as Yolanda. The country has its own naming conventions, separate from the World Meteorological Organization, according to The Associated Press.)
In the Bay Area, local groups and restaurants are spearheading the charge to help survivors of the storm. Almost immediately after the devastation was known, the local Filipino-American community created a group called Rise Up Philippines - Bay Area to organize efforts regionally. The group held its first meeting at Barry Picazo's South San Francisco Filipino restaurant, Fort McKinley.
Picazo told the SF Examiner that the best way to donate is directly through the Philippine Red Cross, because the government in the country is known for corruption.
However, Picazo will also be hosting a fundraiser at Fort McKinley on Dec. 6. If you like eating out, it's not the only restaurant that will be donating proceeds to typhoon relief efforts. A number have already held events, but here are some of the remaining food fundraisers -- and remember, the calories don't count if they're for charity.