ANUAL REPORT 2018
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Feed the Hungry is committed to improving the health and well-being of children in San Miguel de Allende by alleviating hunger through school meals, family nutrition education and community development programs.
Feed the Hungry is guided by the conviction that all children deserve to grow up safe and in an environment that enriches them, where everyone has the opportunity to develop their full potential. We believe that a well-fed boy or girl develops a fertile mind that helps them have a better future, both for themselves and for their families and members of the community where they live.
- Humanitarian principles
- Respect for culture and traditions
MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
During 2018, we continued to carry out our commitment to improve the health and well-being of the children of San Miguel de Allende, all through the continuation of our activity of providing nutritious food and the delivery of workshops that provide education in family nutrition.
These activities were carried out in 33 schools in rural communities and 3 in the urban area, and the number of charities supported has now been increased to 7.
There was a 6% increase in the number of meals served in 2018 compared to the previous year, resulting in a total of 925,231 nutritious and balanced meals provided throughout the year to kindergarten and elementary children.
Anthropometric measurements of weight and height were made to 4,066 children.
Nutrition workshops were given to 1,720 mothers and 2,989 children.
During the year 116 cooking classes were taught, attended by 734 mothers.
Finally, we only have to thank our volunteers and donors immensely for their valuable time and financial contributions, which have made it possible to achieve our goals, which, as always, are aimed at improving the quality of life for children and families in this region. location.
Feed The Hungry Board of Directors, A.C.
FEED THE HUNGRY
The Feed the Hungry organization is legally constituted as a Civil Association and is authorized to issue tax deductible donation receipts.
Its objectives are:
- Provide help to children in the most needy communities of our municipality, through a balanced and nutritious diet.
- Provide nutritional education to the benefited children and their families.
- Make individualized consultations on height and weight to supported children, giving them follow-up to improve their health.
- Carry out community development programs that make it possible to give sustainability to the families of the benefited children.
- Improve the performance of the organization’s activities, through periodic analysis of the actions carried out.
- Increase transparency in carrying out activities and executing resources that are necessary to carry out the organization’s mission.
- Encourage volunteerism and selfless support among people in civil society for community support programs.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President – Gifford Anthony
Vicepresident – Carel G.
Secretary – Michael Jeffrey Gerber
Treasurer – Stephan Falk Livingston Weill
Sofía Olivia Muñiz Rodríguez
Director of the Food and Nutrition Program
Susana Tovar Murillo
Irving Eduardo Ayala Zúñiga
Karen Ivette De Santiago Paredes
Carlos Daniel Frías Malagón
Gerardo López Ramírez
José Valentín de la Trinidad
Chef and supervisor
María del Carmen García Rangel
Pedro Enrique Velázquez Miranda
Chef and Supervisor
Marikarol Aragón Marcial
Chef and Supervisor
David Araiza López
Driver and Maintenance
María Isabel Pirul Ramírez
Chris Louis María Peeters
Miriam Lucía Becerra Escobedo
Margarita Arredondo Méndez
Julia Yáñez Ramírez
María Isabel Hortelano Zuñiga
Raquel Licea Licea
Norma Baeza Ramírez
Angelina Vértiz Oviedo
María Eulalia Olalde Oviedo
Francisca Rubio Martínez
Adriana Arriaga Pérez
María Irma Morales Molina
Maria Guadalupe Trejo Ramírez
Ysidra Segura Valle
Ma. Antonia Palma Ladrilleros
Alma Reyna Ramírez Mata
Irma Tovar Muñoz
Mirna Ramírez González
Alma Angélica Jacinto Torres
Erika Arteaga Rioyos
Hortensia González López
Adela Valdez Deanda
María de Lourdes Miranda Vázquez
Estela Palacios Guerrero
Lilia Lizbeth Martínez Bustamante
Ma. Lorena Zúñiga Flores
Noemí López López
Manuela Muñoz Hernández
María de Jesús Correa Muñoz
Laura Patricia Ugarte Salmerón
Rosalba Martínez Gutiérrez
Claudia Nayeli Jiménez Jaramillo
Reyna Lorena Muñoz Galván
María de Jesús Domínguez Olvera
María Guadalupe Segura Frías
Ofelia Segura Frías
This year, the organization had the valuable support of 112 regular volunteers who carried out the important weekly task of packing and distributing the food and supplies required in each kitchen, so that the activity of daily supply of nutritious and warm food to children kindergarten and elementary school could take place in a timely manner.
Also, 16 volunteer advisers participated with their time and knowledge in planning the activities necessary to carry out the proper functioning of the organization.
PROGRAMA DE ALIMENTOS ESCOLARES
The year began with construction and conditioning plans for kitchens in the schools of 3 new rural communities.
The community of San José de Allende is an hour away from our general offices and is classified as a marginalized community because it is removed from the municipal seat.
In this community, at the “Ignacio Allende” Primary School, a cellar-living room was converted, turning it into a beautiful kitchen. At the same time, a very spacious and light-filled modern dining room was built so that 186 elementary school children had a place to eat, away from the earth and the dogs that always stole their food at recess.
We thank Architect Rafael Franco for this generous construction.
In the primary school in the community of Salitrillo, a small cellar was set up for cooking, where 4 volunteer mothers prepare breakfast and food for 55 children who are malnourished and underweight daily.
Feed the Hungry officers and staff, donors and managers of the “Pedro Moreno” school in the community of Salitrillo
With the mission of taking our programs to schools in communities where they need it most, we look to the Nuevo Cimatario community.
This community is also considered marginalized because it is located between the Sierra de Guanajuato and one hour fifteen minutes from our general offices. In this “Miguel Hidalgo” elementary school, a kitchen and dining room were built where 4 volunteer moms prepare breakfast and food for preschool and primary school children daily.
Likewise, we thank this generous construction to Arch. Rafael Franco.
The opening of kitchens within schools must follow the terms and conditions of the organization. Mainly not having a school store, or allowing the sale of junk food or any food product. In addition to the commitment and responsibility that school principals and mothers should have.
At the request of some principals concerned that many of the children did not take any food before going to school, nutritious breakfasts were implemented to cover 2 meals a day in schools, incorporating 4 schools so that children had nutritious breakfasts every day. days before classes start.
When these food deficiencies arose, nutritionists and chefs prepared 37 monthly menus of nutritious and balanced meals of different levels to implement them in communities according to their nutritional diagnoses and needs, but above all to change the bad eating habits with which we have to fight daily as a child nutrition organization.
Fortunately in the communities where the program has been established for more than 5 years, we see the change and acceptance that our programs have in mothers and school authorities.
Nutrition Education is important to start with young children from 3 to 6 years old to teach them the well being of a healthy and balanced diet.
This was the important reason for planning a pilot program: “Early Nutrition.”
Carry out socioeconomic studies with the families of possible candidate communities.
The number was successfully increased to 52 volunteer mom cooks who weekly prepare meals for children in kitchens within schools.
Similarly increasing the monthly cooking classes in the 11 communities where mothers receive recipes for menus and hygiene measures that must be carried in the kitchens within schools and that can also be implemented in their homes.
It has been a great job that the organization has done as a team with preschool and primary mothers, grateful, responsible and committed teachers and principals with the mission of Feed The Hungry.
Nutrition in Mexico is of vital importance to guarantee the health status of the population of this country. Proper nutrition can greatly reduce mortality caused by chronic diseases, as well as supporting improved quality of life. The main groups at risk are children, the elderly and pregnant women. The most important is the children’s group.
Ensuring adequate nutrition during the first years of life and promoting good eating habits guarantees better hope and quality of life during adulthood and old age.
Diet is very important in the infant stage since its growth may be diminished due to the lack of nutrients, also for optimal development, also at school age an adequate diet allows improvement in school performance and prevents the development of future diseases.
The objective of the Feed the Hungry organization is to serve this vulnerable group of preschool and school-age children, bringing them daily school lunches. This is accomplished by installing kitchens in each of the schools located in rural areas and enrolled in this Feed the hungry program.
School lunches are focused not only on providing a simple meal in the school break time, the program focuses mainly on providing a healthy food that helps in the adequate physical and mental development of children during their school and preschool stage, also providing freshly prepared hot food, with hygiene and using fresh products from the region, respecting seasonal fruits and vegetables with good quality.
School and preschool feeding plays a very important role for the school development of children since, the brain is the one that needs most of the nutrients that are acquired during feeding, when a child does not have adequate nutrition, its learning is diminished and their school behavior is negative. Another problem of poor diet is, as we all know, stunting, such as being very short for your age and a very thin body, this also increases the tendency to acquire common illnesses such as the common flu and the risk of acquiring diseases. epidemic more easily.
Another very important problem in Mexico in addition to malnutrition, there is a very strong tendency towards obesity and overweight, which although it seems that it only affects people with a medium and high economic status, affects most of the child population regardless of their economic status. Obesity and overweight are reflected in an increase not only in weight but also in a weight growth higher than expected in children. These problems go beyond just a physical aspect since, overweight and obesity are related to the development of chronic diseases such as: diabetes, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, heart disease, etc. They are the cause, considering obesity as the main cause of morbidity and mortality in children in Mexico.
The main causes of obesity are; excessive consumption of junk food, lack of vegetables and fruits in the diet, lack of physical activity, and a diet that is not adequate for the age of children.
The ENSANUT points out that in central Mexico 11.1% of children have short stature related to malnutrition and that there is a prevalence of obesity and overweight of 36.9% in boys and 32% in girls, this being a greater problem in the Mexican population today. in day. (ENSANUT 2012)
Feed the hungry’s work focuses mainly on attacking problems from both extremes, providing not only a healthy food but also nutritional treatment for each of the students in the schools that are within the program. Nutritional monitoring also consists of anthropometric measurements for each of the children, this generates an individual and also populational nutritional diagnosis, workshops on nutrition and health with children, and workshops with mothers of families, in addition, interventions are carried out with each of the children with nutritional risk diagnoses to control nutritional problems.
In 2018 Feed the Hungry attended 36 schools and 7 charities. In these schools, the aforementioned nutritional activities were carried out with the aim of improving the general nutritional status of the children and the main problems of each of the communities were located.
This year 2018, 4 communities were opened in 2018 in which they began to work with the nutritional problems that are present in these communities. These schools have been included in the population assessment of schools included in the Feed the Hungry nutrition program. Therefore, an increase in the main nutritional problems is reflected.
Measurements were made in each of the schools within the program covering up to 5 communities per month, and up to 4 workshops with children per month and 4 with mothers were carried out. These workshops have shown great acceptance by the schools that have received them, since there has been a very pleasant remuneration for the teachers who are in daily contact with the children of each community since they have repeatedly reported how they observe changes in habits. positive of the children who have been in the workshop, in addition to the communities that have recently entered the program, have seen positive physical and behavioral changes regarding the nutritional status of each one of the primary and preschool children.
Vegetables have been included in the daily diet of each child in schools, and a better acceptance of different foods that used to not be in the diet of each child in the community has been observed.
In addition, good hygiene habits with children have been reinforced as a fundamental part of the program to prevent stomach diseases due to poor hygiene when eating, and each of the mothers who cook in the Feed the hungry dining rooms has also been trained to have adequate hygienic handling of the food that is served daily.
Mothers of families are constantly informed about the risks of poor nutrition with their children, as this can lead to malnutrition or obesity if a correct balance is not maintained since none is free from suffering any disease related to poor diet.
The main obstacle to overcome is motivating families to stop consuming cola and industrialized products which constantly lead people to poor nutrition. With the help of workshops, it has been possible to gradually reduce the consumption of these products in many communities, although there are still those who resist giving up this bad habit.
The children who have received nutrition support during 2018 have been the following:
The attendance of mothers at the workshops held during the year 2018 was quite significant.
With this, it is achieved that during the school year a workshop is received every two months in each of the communities within the Feed the Hungry program. This is done every month up to 8 nutrition workshops with children and mothers of each community.
2018 was a year of great happiness for the organization as it had a very important achievement: the number of communities where support for hot, nutritious and free food was provided increased. Among the communities that were increased are Nuevo Cimatario and San José de Allende, which are among the most remote communities and marked as the most marginalized communities in the municipality.
Covering the food needs, as well as how routine a menu can be, it was decided to make monthly menu changes, which continue to be elaborated based on the four seasons of the year and the fresh products that are more available and at lower cost, This way children have the opportunity to eat the same products in different presentations and cooking methods.
In order to carry out these menu changes it is very important to hold cooking classes for all the mothers in each of the communities to which the printed menu is provided, as well as all the cooking tips and secrets so that the preparation of food is appropriate and is very attractive to children.
We seek at all times that the participation of the mothers is very positive and constant and that this way they transmit that emotion to all their little diners; for this they are instructed in the importance of having a good attitude and a commitment to carry out the correct hygiene measures so that the food is safe to consume.
From the above, it is incredible that in the communities now the mothers are more responsible for the feeding of their children to the point that they are gradually eliminating the consumption of junk products as well as the consumption of sugary drinks, and instead are implementing the use of nutritious, fresh and attractive flavor waters and snacks.
The services of the Mobile Dental Unit continued to serve preschool and primary school children in the Schools in the Communities where Feed The Hungry has established food and nutrition programs.
In coordination with the Feed The Hungry Food Program Directorate and the Patronage Proniños Dental Program Director, dental consultations and attention are provided to 32 rural communities.
Giving priority to the Communities where children have more dental problems, this important information is provided by the Directors, School Teachers and mothers with whom we have constant communication for the nutrition activities we have with them.
Mainly, they are communities far from the Municipality that do not have the facilities for children to receive this dental care.
The dental services that children and youth up to 17 years of age have been receiving are: Dental operative treatments, Diagnoses: cavities, plaque and tartar, prevention talks to parents and teachers, donation of brushes, toothpaste and dental floss.
During 2018, 1,917 children from the Communities of: Pozo de Balderas, Loma de Cocinas, Fajardo de Bocas, Clavellinas, Galvanes, Moral de Puerto de Nieto, Los González, Puerto de Sosa, La Medina, Nuevo Pantoja, Salitrillo were treated. and San José de Allende.
In some schools in these communities, the Dental Unit stays for a month or up to two. Since the agreement with the Mobile Unit was to provide dental service to children from nearby communities, giving the opportunity for more and more children to benefit.
During this year, volunteer teachers in Los Ricos de Abajo taught English to kindergarten children for three months in the winter season. The challenge in 2018 was working with a new principal and two new teachers at the community elementary school, as the previous principal, Maestra Lucha, retired.
On average, volunteer teachers awarded 50 scholarships to students who left sixth grade and who would continue their studies. Teachers also sponsored a library and computer learning center that has two scholarship students throughout the school year, and several high school and high school students who attend the teen workshop at the San Miguel Writers Conference.
As of July 2018, 6 Los Ricos college students graduated from high school (keeping kids in school is always difficult). Many students have graduated from high school, several are continuing their upper secondary education and by the end of 2018, with scholarships and housing assistance, one of them finished as a massage therapist and three others (including a lawyer) finished their fourth year. college year. Other Los Ricos students are studying college, including two men.
The scholarship program has been in place for 12 years, and this year it is proud to announce that it has its first two university graduates, Aidé Ramírez and Rosa Elena Jacinto.
During every Saturday of the year, volunteer teachers taught English in San Miguel to the adolescents of Los Ricos and served as mentors throughout the year.
Guanajuato State DIF again granted financial support to the organization, which was delivered in the monthly amount of $ 14,436.79 for the period from January to December 2018, for financial support to cover the operating expenses authorized by its program for the execution of the project “Nutritious feeding to 2,450 low-income children in the municipality of Allende every school day”.
During the month of July, the Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL) through the Guanajuato Delegation under the Social Co-investment Program, gave support to the organization in the amount of $ 129,447.00 to finance the Project “Improve the eating habits of children and families from 5 communities of San Miguel de Allende ”, which was used to purchase the necessary supplies to prepare the food that was served to 820 children during the 17-week school period and to acquire the material and supplies necessary to provide knowledge nutritional to 235 mothers, all of them inhabitants of the communities of La Campana, Clavellinas, Alonso Yáñez, Montecillo de Nieto and Pantoja.
As part of the implementation of this same project, the organization’s Nutritionists gave nutrition workshops to children from the same five communities. The children showed great interest during the workshop.
Also, the Government of the State of Guanajuato, granted the organization in April a support in the amount of $ 491,082.00, for the purchase of non-perishable food and school supplies to implement the food and school support program in communities of the municipality of San Miguel de Allende, which allowed the organization to continue with the activity of providing free, hot and nutritious food daily to 2,600 low-income children in primary and kindergarten in order to increase their attendance and school achievement.
In addition, to ensure that they do not drop out of school for lack of the basic materials they need, they were given a packet of school supplies.
As every year, non-perishable food was stored in the organization’s warehouse for subsequent weekly distribution in the supported communities.
Volunteers assembled school packages in the organization’s warehouse.
More than 4,000 children in kindergarten and elementary school received a package of school supplies, which was delivered to them by volunteers who support the organization.
For more than 15 years, the Feed the Hungry organization has been recognizing the work of the volunteers who support the organization in various ways, through an annual party that is regularly held at the end of October or the beginning of the month of November.
Initially, this party was held every year in a different place, but for 7 years, it has been held at the Hacienda Santa Clara located on the San Miguel de Allende-Dr Mora Km 23.2 Highway.
This year 130 volunteers attended, who enjoyed an excellent meal set by piano music, in addition to the tour they could do around the hacienda.
Also, the award was given for the Driver of the Year, which this time was for Harry Macy, as well as for the Packer of the Year where Mtra. Iréne Fuentes and Mtro.Oscar Raúl Ortega were the winners.
EVENTS AND CAMPAIGNS
This year the excursion called “March Magic” was held for the second time, which took place from March 1 to 8, where 23 privileged visitors were able to meet the wonderful people of San Miguel de Allende, see how they live, stay in their homes and learn about the history of this impressive colonial gem.
In the month of October the excursion called “Autumn Magic” was held, which lasted 7 days and was also held in the city of San Miguel de Allende. The 14 people who participated in this excursion were able to delight in the rich visits, sounds and traditions of this impressive city, while at the same time contributing to the health and future of the children of the poorest communities in San Miguel.
During the month of July, the Back to School campaign was carried out and in the months of November and December the Holiday Appeal campaign. These campaigns consist of soliciting support by sending letters to known donors and potential donors. During this year 4,500 letters were sent by regular mail and 4,000 more via email in each of the campaigns. The promotion of them was also carried out through our website, with the possibility of donating at the time.
The organization currently has various sources of financing, such as: international entities, federal and state government, private companies, national and foreign people, as well as the organization of events.
The graph shows the percentages that were obtained in each item during this year.
Among the international bodies that support the organization is Amistad Canada, which is a philanthropic organization that seeks to improve the lives of people in need by providing them with better education, health and social justice, through joint work with Mexican organizations.
Amistad Canada and Feed the Hungry have an agreement since 2017, which allows Amistad Canada to obtain donations from Canadian citizens, and then deliver these donations to the Feed the Hungry organization so that it can cover the operating expenses of 4 kitchens.