The LB Food Bank is now in full swing and has developed its own daily rhythm thanks to the great organisation of Joe, Jeane, Michelle, Bill, Luis and many many others.
-Fundraising: We are working towards our target – we can’t be exact because some is actual and some is pledged. Our current estimate has these funds bringing us into the middle of September. A good time to take stock and see what is happening and what else, if anything, we will need to do. I’m sure you can all agree that this is a phenomenal amount and shows that, when the going gets tough, the Los Barriles ‘community team’ pulls together.
-Food Donations: Please please continue to buy an item and donate another at La Pitahaya (Veggie Girls) or Joe’s Deli if you can. This is vital to keeping our stocks going and provides variety.
-‘Thank you’ Roll Call: Our latest thank you roll call to both volunteers and donors can be seen on our new website https://lbfoodbank.com/ With anonymous donors, we are over 500 now! As usual, if your name doesn’t appear (volunteer or donor) please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Rations: We have added chicken to the rations because fish was proving to be sporadic. It is frozen and is transported in coolers. Chris Moyers, despite closing Smokey’s, is organising the processing and frozen storage of the chicken. Big hand to Chris and his team for their help!-Delivery Fleet: Quad Girl ATVs have very kindly let us use their team of drivers and their vehicles for as long as we need them. This speeds up deliveries and cuts delivery times by up to two hours! Thank you to Mary and her team for this enormous generosity.
-Costs & Suppliers: Joe is working hard to keep the costs down but it is a fluid situation with the prices of beans and other staples fluctuating due to supply and peso/dollar rate. Our target is still $200 pesos per ration portion so we hope to be able to hover around this figure.-Volunteers: It’s phenomenal how many people are pitching in to help; from lending coolers and quads to translating copy and filling ration boxes, this is a HUGE community effort. Thank you everyone.
-La Ribera and surrounding region: our friends over in La Ribera have formed the La Ribera Food Bank. They also have a Facebook page and you can keep up with their progress. https://www.facebook.com/LRFoodbank We are separate entities because we are in different counties. However, if you are interested in donating to the La Ribera Food Bank, please visit https://lariberafoodbank.weebly.com/donate.html?fbclid=IwAR2ImZl8SeBh3CpcRKiJBmzeT2hi_bffyzGZ-Tln_E4v4wn-p14ExZocdMY They are doing a great job finding their feet at the moment and we are liaising closely with them to ensure that we’re not doubling up and we’re all as effective as we can be.
-Finally, we can’t forget the doggies at this time because they also need food. Thanks to the delivery system, the Los Barriles Food Bank delivered 102kg of dog food that was kindly donated and organized by a group of people including Cortez Rescue, Doug and Terri Foster and others. It’s important that we keep the dogs fed so that the families don’t abandon them. If you would like to donate, please go to the Cortez Rescue website: https://cortezrescue.org/