More than 1,000 people are fed every day in Yucatán
MÉRIDA, Yucatán.- The Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted a large part of the population, especially those who before the contingency were already surviving in unfavorable conditions; many have been left without work and without resources to bring sustenance and food to their homes.
Before the pandemic, the Food Bank of Merida (BAMX) supported 26,000 people, currently, it serves more than 28,000, but at the peak of the pandemic, it reached 33,000 beneficiaries, and continues to receive requests. The bank feeds more than one thousand people a day in Yucatan.
Every month about 170 tons of food are distributed among six thousand families, with 97 percent of everything that arrives at BAMX being used; 3 percent of the food that is wasted is fruit and vegetables that can no longer be consumed, but this is used to feed livestock.
This organization is dedicated to recovering food in good condition, from donations from supermarkets and restaurants, to deliver them to low-income families, but in this health emergency several families in which the parents were unemployed sought support and once they found a job they stopped receiving the food pantries.
For 25 years, headed by its founder José Trinidad “Trino” Molina Casares, the organization began its work benefiting the communities most in need in the region. This local organization belongs to a network of 55 food banks distributed throughout Mexico.
José Trinidad Molina Casares, president of the board of directors of Banco de Alimentos de Mérida, explained that today the work they carry out in the state is achieved thanks to the support and trust of the companies that support them, channeling products that are in good condition, but for some reason cannot be sold in their stores.
“Our objective is to combat malnutrition in at least 10 percent of the Yucatecan population that is affected by the lack of food; our efforts reach 6 thousand families, some 28 thousand people, we need 12 thousand to reach the 40 thousand that this percentage of the population represents,” he assured.
Cecilia Canto Espejo, director of BAMX, commented that the objective is to reduce the food shortage, so the team of collaborators, directors, and volunteers, urge society to be part of this project with donations and any form of help; in these times of pandemic these alliances that are part of the project were reinforced even more and that opened doors to greater growth.
“In order to grow, it is essential to count on donations; we would like to help all the people in need of food, but we have to see how to get our hands on the food that is leftover in the State, to be able to give it in the most egalitarian way”, he said.
He added that they assist the population in natural disasters, storms, and hurricanes that affect the poorest and most marginalized communities; they also attend to the needs, from time to time, of some 47 assistance institutions for the sick, children, and the elderly.