Two million Ecuadorians suffer from severe hunger according to the World Food Program. Food insecurity in Cuenca, Ecuador has been impacted by the mass migration of Venezuelan refugees, COVID, a host of natural disasters, and two national strikes. The Cuenca Soup Kitchen is committed to providing food and other assistance to families experiencing food insecurity in Cuenca, Ecuador. By addressing food insecurity, CSK provides greater access to health, education, and a more productive future.
Food insecurity creates an often insurmountable burden for families. As a family's resources are dedicated to the daily search for food, education and health often suffer, thereby creating a cycle of poverty and food insecurity for generations to come.
By providing food kits the Cuenca Soup Kitchen decreases food insecurity, improves health, and gives families the ability to improve their futures. Each applicant is screened and monitored by a social worker. All children must attend school. As applicants reach stability they are transitioned out of the program and families from our waiting list are brought in. In addition to providing food, hygiene products, clothing, and other necessities to families, the Cuenca Soup Kitchen provides the same
Reducing food insecurity positively impacts health both in the shot and in the long term. It diminishes child malnutrition. It also provides opportunity for a better future as families can focus on education, increasing employment opportunities, and earning ability. These are positive impacts for families as well as for the community.