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World Hunger Fund targets food crisis in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (BP)--With food prices spiraling out of sight and their country's economy in ruins, the average family in Zimbabwe is struggling to survive.       Store shelves are devoid of basic necessities such as oil, flour, sugar, corn meal and even soap. Most items can be found on the black market, but few can afford the inflated prices: Buying one tomato would cost some pensioners their entire month's income.       Southern Baptists are responding to the desperate need by shipping 1,000 boxes of food into the country. Six hundred parcels are scheduled to be delivered before the Christmas holidays, and the remainder will arrive soon after.       Baptist Global Response, a Southern Baptist development and relief organization, purchased the groceries, at a cost of about $70 per box, with money Southern Baptists donated to their World Hunger Fund.