Elizabeth Martinez Gonzalez
OPERATION NOURISH- While we keep suffering nationwide with COVID-19, a continued number of Food Insecurities keep growing throughout the entire United States. Statistics show that in America there is a staggering number of over 11.1% (37.2 million people) without basic necessities like food and water. Statistics for hunger and food insecurities were much more common among Puerto Rican's than among their fellow U.S citizens in all 50 states before Hurricane Irma and Maria. Before the Hurricanes, 1.5 million U.S. Citizens on the Island were already dealing with food insecurities. The child food insecurity rate was 56 percent-nearly triple the average for the rest of the United States.
As the COVID-19 pandemic hits our Island, the phone at the Food Bank for Puerto Rico hasn't stopped ringing. Prior to this pandemic approximate 1 million pounds of food were distributed a month, now they are at nearly twice that number (1.9 million pounds of food a month). Multiple agencies like Caribbean Produce, local supermarkets, non profits within others are also distributing boxes or bags of food locally .
Let's be clear, hunger did not start with the pandemic nor after Hurricanes Irma and Maria; we will keep showing a raise in numbers if we do not teach our families, children and communities to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs to try to prevent or mitigate these staggering numbers from growing in the near future.
Growing our own food is helpful not only for our health, but our environment will thank us all later.
Join us in this project so we can begin this journey together and half of our crops will be donated to a community of our choice, once they are grown enough to replant them.