LADB Article ID: 80138
By: Carlos Navarro
Food banks are beginning to play an increasingly important role in the effort to address food insecurity in Mexico, bringing the private sector into an area of service that for decades had been the domain of the federal government. The Bancos de Alimentos de México (BAMX), which brings food banks around the country together via the Asociación Mexicana de Bancos de Alimentos (AMBA), came on the scene in 1989 to help collect donations from private food companies to distribute to agencies that serve poor and hungry families. According to AMBA, the organization consolidated its operations in 1995, and now serves food banks in 67 Mexican cities. The program is modeled after Feeding America, the US network of food banks that serves more than 200 food banks around the US.The efforts of BAMX and AMBA to address hunger represent a drop in the bucket when compared to the huge problem that exists in Mexico. According to government statistics, 28 million people in Mexico suffer from hunger, or almost one-fourth of the country’s estimated population of 120 million. “In 2015, the system of food banks had the opportunity to distribute 117,000 tons of food, serving 1.2 million Mexicans who were in this worrisome situation,” said BAMX director Rubén Oliva Rodríguez.
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