How to Donate to At Risk Families Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic
By now you probably know that thousands of workers in the Riviera Maya are without a job or a way to provide for their families during this global pandemic, including many older adults who are at risk of suffering more serious effects of Covid-19. Fortunately, local businesses and nonprofits are stepping up to help provide food and essentials to at risk families in our community.
You can help by donating money or supplies. For those in the USA, the exchange rate is now at 25 pesos to the USD, so your donation goes a long way!
Santulan Gardens has started a citizen initiative to cook food and deliver it to the door of vulnerable families, with the primary objective of minimizing exposure from having to go shopping and to help lessen the economic impact that is already very hard for them. Their initial goal is the delivery of 100 meals per day, with a varied and healthy menu. Donations of products, such as rice, beans, pasta, vegetables, and disposable 8x8 plates with dividers are also very welcome.
Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen
The Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen Seaside will be providing essential food and dispensas to at risk families in the community as identified by the organizers of the schools, community centers and charitable organizations that they have been supporting for years with their feeding programs. For those of you wondering what a dispensa is, this is basic "ration" of food and other supplies, such as beans, rice, lentils, oats, canned vegetables, flour, oil, sugar, pasta, vinegar, and hand soap.
We'll be updating this list as more come up. Thank you for any help that you can provide to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.