Feed the Hungry San Miguel
No child in San Miguel shall know the pain of hunger.
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 36 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 cooks more than 10 million well-balanced meals. Because children are required to be in school to get the meal, attendance in the schools served increases by as much as 25 percent.
SPECIAL COVID-19 “FEED THE FAMILIES” EMERGENCY OPERATION
Immediately after the Public Secretariat of Education announced the closing of public schools (and kitchens) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Feed the Hungry operations team retooled all its activity to distribute food to the families of the children who they normally serve.
It is uncertain when this program will end, but until they are able to resume the school meals program, they remain committed to providing bags of food for more than 4,000 families. In addition to the 36 communities typically supported by FTH, the program has expanded to reach beneficiaries of other NGOs, such as Centro Infantil de los Angeles, Casita Linda, So Others May Eat, Mujeres En Cambio, and nine neighborhoods where organizers have identified families in need in the urban San Miguel area. The average monthly increase of food costs to run this operation is $130,000 USD.
The Presidential Municipality, through the Dirección de Cultura y Tradiciones, continues to support this operation by providing trucks and drivers to help with the distribution of food bags in each community. Packaging of the food bags is supported by cooks and kitchen volunteers from the communities that FTH serves.
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM AL KOCOUREK, PRESIDENT OF FEED THE HUNGRY SAN MIGUEL
The impact of this disease on health, education, and the economy will be with us for many more months. We are committed to providing food to our communities until the emergency subsides, or we run out of funds. FTH has provided ingredients for more than 8,000,000 meals since March 2020, and we will continue to do all that we can to bring hope to the nearly 20,000 residents being helped by your support.
Click HERE to watch our Year End Thank You video