On March 16, the Governor of Guanajuato State announced that starting on March 17, schools throughout the state would be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Boys and girls in the poorest communities of the municipality would no longer receive a nutritious school meal from Feed the Hungry.
The Board of Feed the Hungry San Miguel immediately set to work to create a strategy to help not only those children, but also their families. With the closure of not only schools but also businesses, and the stay-at-home orders, most families lost their only sources of income.
We redirected our efforts and resources to distribute food as safely and efficiently as possible in the communities within the San Miguel de Allende metro area and the rural areas. Working with the city government, we quickly retooled operations and procurement to address this crisis. Thanks to the herculean efforts of our incredible staff, deliveries of food packages for families began on March 31, after a massive packaging job done by FTH staff and volunteers provided by the city.