Please support our efforts to raise funds during the situation caused by the COVID-19 crisis to help the needy residents in the San Pedro Itzicán area (Jalisco, Mexico)
When things began to close down in mid-March 2020 - factories closed down; buses were cancelled that transported people to pick fruit; maids who worked in Guadalajara, were let go; and less money was being sent by family members who work in the US. So the cumulative effect was rapid. People live day to day in these poor areas on what they earn. They have no savings or spare money. And lack of money for food quickly became a crisis. Especially for children and the elderly.
As we were going out there each week for FoodShare, a Poco a Poco project, we saw this happening, and rapidly increased our spending to provide basic despensas to more vulnerable families who had no other income. This is why we ask for your support.
And as we've seen before, under the leadership of Anita Torres of the Brigada, her team of youth stepped up and started distributing the food to people who really needed it.
In early April, the Brigada team went all around the town of San Pedro Itzicán and to each town and village nearby, and signed up heads of households who needed food. The team identified the number of households where the people were unemployed (760), as well as those who were elderly, disabled or sick (1,160 households).
Of the population of around 33,000 people in these 12 towns and villages around Lakeside (around Lake Chapala in the Municipality of Poncitlán), over 1,900 households were signed up as needing food.
Most households have a minimum of 4 people (some many, many more), so the need was to help feed over 8,000 people!
Very quickly we were running out of money, using savings from other projects, to keep buying food. Fortunately FoodBank Lakeside, a new group that had just started out, gave us a donation. And we are so grateful to the other individuals and organizations who are supporting us. Thank you all so much!
And since then, we are spending at least 90,000 pesos a week on dried goods (beans, rice, lentils and soya), 10,000 pesos on fruits and vegetables and 5,000 pesos on gas for the truck and water and food for the Brigada team. This equals 105,000 pesos per week.
You can see the crowds below waiting for food. Social distancing? Despite our efforts this can be difficult - because people are worried they might not get any food if supplies run out, and they are hungry...
The local Pet FoodBank has also been providing dog and cat food, as animals also need food.
Our sewing team is busy making masks and we give these out for free.