Officials on the ground say the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is not just handing out aid, but is helping to unite the people and governments of Haiti with non-governmental organizations and international aid workers.
The military says with the aid of the Navy-Marine corps civil affairs teams from the 22nd MEU, the government of Haiti has taken primary responsibility for humanitarian aid distributions in the Carrefour area, which is where the Marines are set up.
The Marines have been there for one month.
So far, the death toll from Haiti's devastating earthquake has topped 222,500, according to the United Nations. Haiti President Rene Preval said the number could eventually reach 300,000.