Donations of red onions, lettuce and peppers were distributed across poor communities of departments close to campus.
In early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, disruptions to food supply chains and loss of employment put immediate pressure on the fragile food security of many local families. Local mayors approached Zamorano for assistance with food relief. In response, Zamorano planted acres of fallow fields in rice, beans and corn to shore up local supplies, and prepared for distribution of fresh produce.
In recent weeks, Zamorano has donated more than 3,000 pounds of vegetables to families in the 8 municipalities of El Paraiso and Francisco Morazán, including the villages of San Antonio de Oriente, Tatumbla, Maraita, Villa de San Francisco, Güinope, Yuscaran, Danlí and Teaxiguat. Zamorano’s Social Responsibility Office, Environmental Management Office and Vegetable Production Unit worked closely with the mayors of each village to ensure the produce reached low income residents in the small villages with the highest need.
El Limón, Jicarito, Llano del Ocotal, El Suyatillo, el Zarza, El Pedregalillo, Tabla Grande, El Carboncito, La Cantera, Casa Blanca, Agua Zarca, San Francisco, Santa Inés, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Guayabillas, Arocha, Las Mesas, Macuelizo, Cuesta Grande, Lizapa, Galeras, Ojo de Agua, La Unión, Guarumas y Coyolito are among other nearby villages served through the initiative. The Catholic Dioceses of Danli, Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parrish and Texiguat Parrish also received distributions.
Father Jose Alvarez Rodriguez, priest at the Texiguat Catholic Church, explained that this municipality is one of the poorest and most needy in Honduras. Of the approximately 9,000 habitants, the donation will reach around 60 families. “We have always tried to choose villages which have the most drought. This is not the first time Zamorano has supported us and we will always be grateful to them. They have always been receptive and open to collaboration and assistance,” he added.
Juan Ramon Ponce, project coordinator in the Villa de San Francisco Municipality, shared that, “Due to the circumstances of the world´s pandemic, we are working on prevention measures in all the municipalities. The donation will help us feed about 40 families. We are grateful to Zamorano for this good gesture of collaboration with local governments.”
Carlos Enrique Elvir, a representative of Yuscarán’s Mayor, expressed, “We are working on distribution across the poorest communities affected by the pandemic. We will visit the most economically disadvantaged homes and parcel out the donations that Zamorano is offering us. Around 2,000 families will benefit. There are 18 villages in the area, and all will benefit.”