Fashion Show in Los Barriles fundraiser!
November 18th, 2017
The Feeding the Hungry Fashion Show is an event where local clothing designers & models, and some volunteer organizers, donate their time and effort to help Pan de Vida feed the hungry in Los Barriles. Local businesses and individuals donate items for a raffle and silent auction during the fashion show. It is a beautiful example of a community coming together to support their neighbors that need it the most and having lots of fun in the process.
In 2011, Chuy, a local boat captain, was asked to identify 10 families in Los Barriles who needed help. That Christmas, those 10 families received a basket filled with food. This was the beginning of Pan de Vida. The program expanded quickly. By March, he was delivering food to those families every week. Fast forward to 2017. Chuy now delivers food to 28 needy families. There are 53 children who do not go hungry, thanks to Pan de Vida.
The weekly food baskets include just the basics: flour for tortillas, oil, beans, rice, milk, and sometimes almonds. For those families that don't make tortillas, ramen noodles are substituted for flour. The kids love them. He is hoping to add cereal to the weekly baskets soon.
The Christmas baskets have all of the usual items the families need, plus a few special items. Coffee, cereal, pasta, sugar, fresh vegetables, as well as a whole chicken.
These special baskets also get delivered to a few additional families. If he receives donations of blankets and sweaters, those are a wonderful Christmas surprise for the families that need them. Imagine a box of cereal being a luxury item. Or coffee and sugar.
Here's a breakdown of what Chuy does:
- Every 2 weeks, he drives to San Jose to buy food.
- Every Monday, he and his wife Lydia assemble and deliver the baskets to Mexican families in Los Barriles.
- He spends 11,600 pesos per month, and many hours of his time, to do this.
The East Cape Christian Fellowship, the only organization supporting Pan de Vida, covers all expenses not funded by the fashion show.
This is truly a situation where every peso counts. Thank you so much for your donation.