Sun setting over the Sierra Madre mountains on Lake Chapala near Ajijic, Mexico.

Operation Feed - Saving Lives in San Juan Cosala, Mexico

For the first time, Operation Feed is issuing a calendar of its families. They can be purchased at the following locations, Viva Mexico Restaurant in San Juan Cosala,The Granery in Ajijic and on Tuesdays at Martin's Quiche Table at the Organic Market.
Just 150 pesos and a great gift idea!

Flyer for Operation Feed 2015 calendar.

In the small Mexican village of San Juan Cosala, less than an hour drive from the bustling city of Guadalajara, live Mexican people who desperately need assistance to help them survive and to keep them from starving. I doubt that any of us have experienced it, but I would think it's hard to have a need more basic than hunger. Volunteers have been providing food for the very poor residents of this village since 1994. This feeding program is simply called, Operation Feed, and is funded and operated entirely from volunteer donations. Every peso donated is spent on food for distribution to those in dire need.

Every week volunteers donate their time to purchase, prepare, and distribute food packages to 75 families. The food package - or despensa - consists of a container of cooking oil, 3 small packages of pasta, a bag of rice, a bag of rolled oats and a bag of beans. Families with infants receive a container of powdered milk every month. All of these products are bought in bulk at the Abastos Market in Guadalajara to get the lowest cost possible. There are no paid staff involved with Operation Feed.

Agustin Vazquez, owner of Viva Mexico Restaurant in San Juan Cosala, has contributed an enormous amount of time and energy into this feeding program. With his restaurant contacts, Agustin is able to buy the beans, rice and oats at a much reduced price at the Guadalajara market. Because of Agustin's familiarity with people from this village he is able to select the families with the most dire needs using the following criteria:

  • Elderly people, who cannot work, have no means of income and no family to support them.
  • Disabled people who cannot work and whose families are unable to help them.
  • Single parents who struggle to keep a family together.
  • Children who would suffer without the assistance given to their families (for example, children of alcoholics).
  • Unemployed or underemployed people who, through no fault of their own, cannot earn enough to keep themselves and their families.
  • People temporarily or permanently unable to work because of an injury or serious illness.

Although it is not Operation Feed's intention to meet all of the food needs of the families (~530 people), but only to help, many of them would literally starve without the food given to them.Also, many of the families had to choose between buying food or sending their kids to school. With the help given to them, many more are able to send their kids to school than before. However, there are at least 20 more families that desperately need this assistance to help feed themselves and their children. It takes an average of about $300 pesos a month to feed a family. We are funded totally by private donations.If you are interested in helping support Operation Feed with a donation of your dollars (or pesos), please contact any of the following volunteers:

Weezie Burgess:
Phone: 376-766-2830

Jon Seaborg:
Phone: 376-765-3306

Contact Operation Feed
Email: operationfeedsjc@gmail.com

Kids waiting for the Christmas toy handout at operation feed. Contents of a despensa handout at operation feed. Despensa handout desk at Operation Feed.
Kids waiting for the Christmas toy handout at operation feed.
Contents of a despensa handout at operation feed.
Despensa handout desk at Operation Feed.
Kids waiting for the distribution of toys and despensa bags. Table with despensa bags filled and ready for distribution. Little girl guarding her despensa bag.
Kids waiting for the distribution of toys and despensa bags.
Table with despensa bags filled and ready for distribution.
Little girl guarding her despensa bag.
 
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Annual Gala - Feb 6, 2014
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