When need is an emergency
The Emergency Program is designed to broaden access to nutritious food for communities, families, and individuals.
This program is structured to achieve immediate results striking collectives in need with the support of our allies across the Island. Emergency Purchases mean easy access to nutritious food for the most vulnerable populations and communities with the highest rates of food insecurity. Other populations face unique individual barriers, such as social stigmas and even physical access to food products.
In 1996, our community Emergency Purchases initiative launched a collaborative model with agencies, churches and non-profit organizations attached to Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico. Emergency Purchases are intended to meet immediate needs and improve nutritious food services.
The Emergency Purchases program is sustained by a network of more than 165 agencies. They have the resources to distribute bags of groceries to families and individuals in need, particularly children and senior citizens. Our partner agencies are the distribution channel of the emergency distribution program. There agencies are located in 49 towns to reach 63% of the Island population, including rural communities. Locations were chosen strategically to reduce access barriers and ensure reaching the most vulnerable populations.
As established in our Mission, we are deeply committed to hunger mitigation providing food of high nutritional value. Furthermore, we recognize more than food is necessary to eradicate hunger in the long term. Our programs are designed to address this situation with successful and profitable solutions. We have educational programs and workshops aimed at increasing resources and achieving long-term household food security.