The Cuenca Soup Kitchen serves hot meals and provides access to clothing and other basic items for Venezuelan refugees. In addition, its Outreach program provides sack lunches for the Ecuadorian working poor.
Ecuador has been flooded by more than 220,000 Venezuelan refugees in recent years. Many of these people left their homes with what they could carry and journeyed with their families in search of basic resources and safety. The increasing influx of Venezuelan refugees has created a humanitarian emergency.
The Cuenca Soup Kitchen is currently serving lunch to 160 people, Monday through Friday. The refugees are able to eat at the Soup Kitchen for three weeks, allowing them time to establish themselves in Cuenca. Unfortunately, this window is narrow, and more time is often needed. The Cuenca Soup Kitchen also serves 80 sack lunches to the Ecuadorian working poor in the streets through our Outreach Program.
The Cuenca Soup Kitchen not only solves people's immediate needs, the organization provides a safe and welcoming place for refugees to visit and experience community. Removing the stress of hunger helps Venezuelan refugees focus on finding jobs and places to live. The Outreach Program connects the Cuenca Soup Kitchen with the local community and helps some of the most vulnerable Ecuadorians to receive nourishment.