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Chicxulub Soup Kitchen

Chicxulub Soup Kitchen

This is the end of a very successful intervention. As many of you know, the Chix Soup kitchen (Comedore de cienega de Chicxulub) was having tough times when the Food Bank got involved back in 2012-13. With a lot of hard work and donations the Soup Kitchen is now a thriving 5 day a week operation serving about 60-70 meals a day. Yes, it is sad that this comedore needs to exist at all but it is providing a necessary service. A photo recap shows the transition from what was to what is today and thank you to the many folks who helped along the way. overload gas leak cooking outside water pump not working new garden crop of cilantro donations arriving new initiative done ara who is the heart and soul of the comedore There is a group of women from Merida who oversee the initiative and have done a great job of watching and encouraging it to grow to where it is today. Our role today is to deliver donated food items and plastic containers. Thanks to all who helped this...
Soup Kitchen-The Final Chapter

Soup Kitchen-The Final Chapter

This is a true success story and you made it possible! In the winter of 2012 we became aware of a critical situation at the Chicxulub Soup Kitchen that is affiliated with the church. The kitchen roperates out of La Casa de Cristiandad behind the soccer field in the heart of Chicxulub. A dedicated volunteer told about the conditions that the committed women were having to work with to do an impossible job. You have read the stories as the time has passed and many of you have assisted in various ways. Today, the Comedore de Cienega is open 5 days a week, receives donations from many local businesses and serves about 80 meals a day. There are products available at the Muelle Market, made by the staff that helps them maintain and be involved in the success of the program. Take a stroll down memory lane and enjoy the positive changes you have all played a part in.   This does not mean that the Food Bank is totally out of the loop.  I will continue to collect your extra foodstuff and plastic containers to deliver when I drop by for a visit.  The garden and water supply is a thing of beauty and everyone from the Comedore gets to enjoy the harvest, now in its 3rd...
Outcome of Census

Outcome of Census

Wow, this process has been a very interesting one and a learning process for me. Just to refresh our collective memory here is our mission statement to remind us of what we are all about: La Virgen de Asuncion Food Bank is a non-profit community based group of individuals who are committed to providing food and services to the Chicxulub community members who struggle to feed themselves and their families.  We do this through the love and compassion that we share and the generosity of our contributors.  We hope to effect positive change in their lives through our projects. Every once and a while it is good to revisit this purpose.  There has been a waiting list for a long while and so as to manage it,  Carmita and I decided to do a census of our families. I was looking to ensure the families continue to need the assistance we provide and if not,  that is a good thing for those families that have improved their own situation.  This is the time to say good-bye. When families are able to maintain a vehicle, enjoy Cablemas or Dish, receive despensas from other places good for them! But for me the disappointment comes when these same people are not forthcoming with this information. I have learned that I must do an annual home visit with Carmita to ensure people are being honest and up front about changes that occur. This month, 19 families are being removed from the program, after receiving their December despensa, Christmas hamper and enjoying the annual kids Christmas party. The next step is to work through the waiting list to...
Soup kitchen

Soup kitchen

This jicama came from the garden at the soup kitchen.  I never really thought about how they grow and now I know. The soup kitchen is doing well on their own with their Patronado from Merida. The Food Bank will continue to collect plastic containers for them and left over food at the end of your time here but otherwise they no longer need our assistance.  A true success thanks to everyone who worked to help them out at a very tough time. Thanks to Jody who raised the issue and helped to solve it. From  Jody… On October 18th the SK celebrated it’s fifth anniversary and oh what a journey it has been. In five short years what started out on a “shoestring” of hope to provide 3 meals a week to the most impoverished residents living within the swamp area of Chicxulub is now a very well organized operation providing 80 meals per day, Monday through Friday. Of the 80 meals provided daily, 65 account for children. The growth of the SK is the result of strong support throughout the local communities and Merida. The SK’s main goal is sustainability. Over the last year, patrons are paying it forward by helping out in the kitchen and with the up keep of the SK grounds, the vegetable garden has quadrupled in size and this summer all of the patrons, young and old, made purses to sell at local bazaars. The money from the sales is to help fund purchases of food items that are short in supply. Definitely on the right path and with continued donations and community...
Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen

Visited with Dona Ara to see what advances have been made and just have a look at the photos.  This is the progress with the huerto ( garden plot) and it is looking lush.  There are no problems with iguanas nor zorros which is great news. The garden is growing nicely thanks to the talents of Leonardo and Jose.  The furniture donated by a Canadian couple is moved into a safe area when the catechism classes happen to prevent accidents while the children are there but is moved out again after classes. Volunteers come twice a week to sweep and clean the areas and are then able to have some produce from the garden. beets cilantro jose who is groundskeeper cucumbers y lettuce tomatoes volunteers furniture Dona Ara tells me they are feeding about 80 people when there is full attendance and mostly children.  There was some thinking to have the clients eat at the kitchen but most are still taking the food home…so your donations of plastic containers are well used and much...
Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen

The secret is out………….. This summer word spread about The Chicxulub Soup Kitchen. With the support of the community, temporary residents, visitors and angels from afar, The Soup Kitchen has grown. For the past 5 months our loyal group of volunteers have been working hard and adjusting to the challenges of change. We have grown from being open 3 days a week, providing 55 meals per day to now 5 days a weeks, providing 90 meals per day! On October 18th. a special fiesta was held in celebration of The Soup Kitchen’s 3rd. Anniversary. The volunteers were given bright new shirts, the patrons were served a special meal of tacos cochinita pibil (pulled pork) and cake was enjoyed by all. As you might remember, the final news in June was that the soup kitchen was open 3 days a week and we were targetting for 5 days ad that is what we are now operating with.  The kitchen called La Comidor Cienega or more formally La Divina Misericordia Comedor LaCienega has had a real shock in the past 3 months.  Susana Camara has rallied a group of women who are supporting the soup kitchen, and has had a successful fundraiser during the summer, as well as organizing a kids’ beach party,created a wonderful video and pamphlet about the comedor.  She has been amazing. Padre Mex, the parish priest has raised awareness in the town and with the ladies has secured many donations from the community from all walks of life.  He has also offered the Casa de Critiandad where the soup kitchen is as a centre for the snowbirds.  He...