In April, Rise Against Hunger announced our COVID-19 Relief & Resilience Plan to meet the increased need due to the global health crisis. Through three interventions, this plan provides continued support to the people we serve around the world. Intervention #2 focuses on local and regional food procurement. We are providing grants and other cash-based assistance to our in-country partners to purchase food locally and distribute it to people facing hunger.
A few weeks ago in Honduras, partner Central American Relief Efforts distributed meals procured locally through this initiative! In Honduras, the impacts of COVID-19 have been challenging for those living in rural areas. Many people in these areas depend on work in small businesses or day-by-day incomes, such as selling their products in local markets. With social distancing, stay-at-home orders and market closures, many families are facing challenges to earn an income during this time.
To help meet the immediate needs of these communities, Central American Relief Efforts distributed food baskets, consisting of rice, beans, flour, salt, sugar, vegetables and more, as take-home rations. The distribution and delivery of food spanned from August 28 to September 1. Some families walked 2 to 3 hours to reach the distribution location — a difficult journey that was well worth it in order to receive critical food assistance during this time of crisis. Over the course of those days, 400 families were served through this distribution effort!
In addition to responding to COVID-19 in Honduras with Central American Relief Efforts, we are also working with five other partners across the globe to fund local and regional food procurement and distribution: ARAHA in Somaliland, Global Volunteers in Tanzania, Hearts and Hands for Haiti in Haiti, Hope for Venezuela in Colombia and ORPHANetwork in Nicaragua.
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