The Food Bank announced the launch of seven simultaneous projects under the slogan “La Alacena Móvil” from this September until April 2021.
These social action projects will directly benefit 5,520 people who suffer from food insecurity and will give continuity to the “Zero Hunger Puerto Rico” campaign to raise awareness in the country against hunger.
“We want to make the public aware of the reality of food insecurity with a concrete action plan,” said Denise Santos, president of the Food Bank.
“It is crucial that the entire citizenry is aware of the food insecurity of disadvantaged and forgotten populations: the elderly, children, mothers head of families, the sick, the unemployed, those displaced by earthquakes and other disasters,” he added.
The first project will benefit 600 older adults who will receive food at the doors of their homes in Arecibo, Caguas, Guaynabo, Jayuya, Juncos, and Las Piedras. AARP selected individuals who live alone, without transportation, and with low income and will deliver food to them.
Another 665 caregivers and caregivers of long-term hospitalized children will receive food stamps. The Puerto Rico Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Bayamón and the health centers served by the organizations Fundación San Jorge (San Jorge Children & Women’s Hospital, in San Juan) and Fundación Hospital Pediátrico (Hospital Pediátrico Universitario, in Río) participate in this initiative. Stones).
The third project will provide monthly purchases to 50 mothers and fathers, heads of families with infants from 0 to 3 years of age who are food insecure. In addition, 50 vouchers will be awarded to purchase baby food. This project was achieved thanks to a collaborative agreement with the Network for the Rights of Children and Youth of Puerto Rico.
Another 2,700 people who have lost their jobs as a result of Covid 19 will receive emergency purchases.
Meanwhile, 100 children will benefit from the Mochila Alegre program as part of an expansion of the program. It provides food to minors between the ages of three and 12 who depend on the school cafeteria for their food.
In addition, 1,250 citizens will benefit from community impacts in areas with food insecurity or affected by seismic or cyclonic activity. Emphasis will be given to the towns in the center and south of the Island, where there has been a high rate of poverty.
Finally, 105 patients with chronic conditions who have low income or food insecurity will receive monthly snacks for eight months thanks to alliances with the Puerto Rican Epilepsy Society, the Puerto Rico Renal Council and the Puerto Rico Alzheimer’s Association. These organizations will identify the participants and deliver the food to them.