• Glenn Wilson
    Originally published May 2020.
    Glenn here. I teach chess to primary school children at EdCaminos, an after school tutoring program in my neighborhood. Now, there is no chess and there is no after school program. For some families right now there are no jobs, there is no income and food can be scarce.

    I know these kids.

    It is not just these kids and not just these families. Food scarcity and food insecurity is all over San Miguel de Allende. Many groups are helping all over town. The need is huge. Not everyone is in a position to help. But, if you are, I ask that you consider helping where you can.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Comida para Vecinos | Food for Neighbors

    EdCaminos is pivoting their mission to address nutritional requirements. They are located in the city of San Miguel de Allende on the border of Colonia Independencia and Colonia San Rafael.

    In this time of the Coronavirus many businesses have closed in San Miguel de Allende and many people have lost all of their income. At the beginning of April, the Comida para Vecinos project was started to help address this need. EdCaminos has been reaching out first to the families of their students and then to members of their immediate neighborhoods providing food and essentials for these families most in need.

    Your contribution helps them continue this project. Just $12.50 USD pays for a week of food and essentials for a small family. $100 USD provides for 8 families for a week.

    EdCaminos, A.C. is accredited in Mexico as a charitable, non-profit organization (Asociación Civil). They are also incorporated in the United States as a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization as EdCaminos, Inc. Donations through the Donate button on the EdCaminos Website can be completed via Paypal or a credit card and are made through the U.S. based organization. These contributions qualify as deductions for eligible U.S. taxpayers. Check with your tax advisor for details.

    They also gladly accept food and cash donations. Contact them for details.

    Spanish language contact
    Sonia Araiza

    +52 415 124 0878 Whatsapp

    English language contact
    Shannon Shaffer
    Volunteer Coordinator

    +52 415 167 0088 Whatsapp

    Donations: EdCaminos Website

    Thanks everyone!

    Filed under Charities.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    Jeff Marshall, Founder and Executive Director of EdCaminos, just sent out an October update for the Comida para Vecinos program. The update is included as an attachment on this comment. From the update:


    From some of the program participants:
    • “I am a single mother with an 8 year old and the pandemic has affected me since I work as a maid and my work days have been reduced and therefore my salary as well. The (Comida Para Todos) program has been very generous and has made the situation less difficult. Thank you very much!”
    • “My husband has been without work and we are barely able to make ends meet. That is why we are so grateful for the very generous support of the program.”
    • “Thanks to you my children and I have food to eat.”
    • “My family has been impacted by the pandemic, I lost my job and so did my son. So we are very grateful for the support from the program.”
    • “The program has helped us throughout the pandemic period, especially due to unforeseen expenses that have come up. The program has helped us to be economically “tranquilo” and therefore emotionally “tranquilo” as well.”
    • “The program is a big help because my father only works part time now and my mother does not have work, so the household income has been reduced a lot. The food donations have helped us survive, and no one misses a meal in our household.”
    • “With the food donation support we are better able to use our resources to attend to other basic needs like gas, water and electricity.”

    It costs about $1950 USD per month to feed 45 families. As you can see above, donations are tapering off but the need still exists. If you would like to donate please visit the EdCaminos Website and click the yellow Donate button in the top-right corner, or contact Sonia or Shannon at the emails in the original post above.
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