Banking against Hunger
Thanks to the support from a committed public, last July 16, Fundación Azteca raised the impressive sum of Mex$90.2 million so that 135,000 Mexicans who suffer from malnutrition can eat for a year.
Once again, the amount surpassed our expectations, demonstrating that despite the crisis, we Mexicans are willing to give, even if only a little, to help others.
Unfortunately, in Mexico, more than 30,000 tons of edible food is wasted every day.
We have to realize that hunger and malnutrition are two different phenomena. However, when combined, they put people’s lives in jeopardy. The most vulnerable groups are people living in rural areas, older adults, the disabled, and children.
More than 14.4 million Mexicans live in food poverty, and of those, 9 million are children. This cannot be allowed to happen in our country. We must raise up our voices and do something about it.
The FAO, an international agency specialized in food and agriculture, states, for example, that an average person in Mexico should consume about 3,180 kilocalories a day. However, the most vulnerable groups don’t even consume one-fourth of that amount.
Fortunately, the Asociación Mexicana de Bancos de Alimentos (Mexican Association of Food Banks, or AMBA) exists. Its aim is to promote the creation and support the operation of food banks, not-for-profit institutions set up wherever they are needed. They gather, select, and distribute perishable and non-perishable foodstuffs donated by Mexico’s commercial food sector.
We cannot allow hunger to exist in Mexico in the midst of the twenty-first century. Many thanks for contributing to the eradication of this evil, a shameful blot on our country.
Video Movimiento Azteca 51 – AMBA