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Report of Food Distribution, May 30, 2020 – Where from here?

We expected to distribute 31 packages on Saturday May 30th. But..

…you gave enough to deliver 35 food packages – four more than our goal!!!!


And yet there were still many more people who showed up for packages So if you want to contribute more, we can serve even more families. Let us know what you can do, here.

Thank you to all who contributed money and supplies for that day.

Eva & Javier
Susan & Jorge

Happy Neighbor

Thank you to all who volunteered.

Sr. Juan


Thank you to Federico for letting us use his space: Taller de Expresión Gráfico Artesanal

Taller de Expresión Gráfico Artesanal

As things stand now, we expect to deliver 32 packages this Saturday, June 6th. 
Help us make it happen.

As the title of this page asks, where DO we go from here? 

In a little over a month we have provided just over 125 food packages to our Dos Rios Neighbors, which at 250 pesos each is a value of 31,500 pesos – almost $1,500 US dollars. Now that the city is opening back up, and some people are going back to work, is our job done, or shall we continue to build on the gains in community we have made in Dos Rios? Please put your thoughts in the comments section below.

7 thoughts on “Report of Food Distribution, May 30, 2020 – Where from here?”

  1. It takes some time to recover financially from being out of work. Therefore, I think that continuing to distribute food to neighbors for the month of June, maybe into July, would be helpful to those hardest hit by the shutdown. Also, so far, I am not aware of many of the restaurants and hotels in town re-opening. So these employees are not yet back to work. When the hotels and restaurants do open, will they employ a full staff? Will the customers come back so as to make it possible to employ a full staff?People may be in need for some time to come. We should watch the various businesses in town and ask our clients whether their work has resumed yet or not. This will give us an idea of what the need continues to be.

    That being said, I currently commit only two hours a week and money to make this food distribution happen. I think the people who are doing the majority of the work should have the largest voice in when to taper off distribution to our neighbors. They should assess whether they, personally, are approaching burn-out, and/or whether people coming to the Saturday distribution are still in real need or whether some have just gotten used to being given food and like it but no longer actually need it.

    In any event, I think that those who commit so much of their time and emotional energy to this project will be the people most informed about the continuing need and should have the ultimate authority to make decisions about when and how to taper off the food donations.

  2. First of all, I want to thank Paul and Lucy for organizing the Dos Rios Neighbors group so successfully and all the volunteers whose work makes the weekly distributions possible. And I agree with Susan that the recovery will be slow and people will continue to need support. If burnout is a real possibility for the workers, perhaps you could consider distributing cash to help our neighbors pay for food or other expenses. That would require fewer hours for shopping and packing. I plan to continue my support.
    Thank you for all you do,

  3. I think there will be need for some weeks to come. According to sub-secretary of Health López-Gatell, the first wave will continue until October when the regular flu season will usher the second wave which will last until spring. Even though some businesses are open, I don’t see a lot of people patronizing them, so it is probable that unemployment will continue high.

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