That’s the straightforward goal of one of San Miguel de Allende’s oldest and most successful, non-governmental organizations. For more than three decades, Feed the Hungry (FTH) has evolved from a single small, kitchen at St. Paul’s Anglican Church to providing nutritious – and delicious – daily meals to children in thirty-seven of SMA’s poorest communities as well as to 500 orphans, children with disabilities, and senior citizens served by seven other charities.
FTH builds and operates kitchens at the primary school in each of the villages. Every school day, the staff cook more than 4,000 well-balanced meals. Because children are required to be in school to get the meal, attendance in the schools served increases by 15 to 25 percent.
FTH obtains all required ingredients from trusted local suppliers, who ensure quality, fair pricing, and a reliable supply. Every week the organization distributes about five and a half tons of meat, poultry, fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy products, and dry goods.
A virtual army of volunteers, both Mexicans and extranjeros, are involved. Some work in the warehouse packaging the ingredients, while others drive these supplies to the community kitchens. Women from each village cook the meals; some are paid, while others are volunteers. All receive continuous on-the-job training related to meal preparation, nutrition, and kitchen hygiene.
FTH also offers community Family Nutrition workshops and individual counselling for the mothers of severely malnourished or obese children. The health and nutrition of each individual child is evaluated on a semi-annual basis to identify improvements or deficiencies in the child’s nutritional health.
The Amistad-FTH joint project is well underway. Thanks to a generous kick-off donation, in 2017 two ‘Amistad Angel’ kitchens were in Los Gónzalez and Puerto de Sosa. Over 100 students in each community now receive hot lunches.
In 2018 funds from another AMISTAD CANADA donor underwrote two additional kitchens.
Donations to Feed the Hungry made by other ‘Amistad Angels’ maintain and expand the programs in these four villages. To find out more about how the project works visit the FTH webpage.
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