Our Insignia Programs
In harmony with our goals and those of Feeding America, Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico goes beyond hunger mitigation efforts and constantly creates projects to eradicate food insecurity in Puerto Rico.
We develop programs and workshops aimed at the root of food insecurity. With these programs we help increase family income and response to changing, risk or crisis scenarios; we create alliances with organizations and experts for training workshops; we provide encouragement and direct help to individuals and families in poverty scenarios.
In 2008 the Mochila Alegre (Happy Backpack) Program was created. It provides food backpacks to children between 3 and 12 years old who depend on the school canteen for their food. Banco de Alimentos provides them with a backpack with 30 pounds of food for the weekend. Among the many achievements made during the past year, we must highlight a 13% increase in La Mochila Alegre enrollment now our Insignia program, bringing the number of program participants to 810 children between the ages of 3 to 12 years.
(GOLDEN LUNCH BOX)
In 2019 the Lonchera Dorada program was launched for adults over 60 years of age facing poor nutrition, food insecurity, chronic diseases and comorbidities, who had a high rate of readmissions to hospitals. Food is provided for 30 days after discharge from the hospital to reduce readmissions.
Since 2017 we have supported various programs created by university students to provide food to students who do not have the means to buy it. We currently support the program COME Colegial at RUM, COMESA at the Sacred Heart University, Campus of Medical Sciences, Ana G. Méndez University in Carolina and various support programs of the University of Puerto Rico located in Río Piedras.
In 1998 the food distribution program to the municipalities was launched. Carried out in neighborhoods, communities, sectors and rural areas in municipalities with high food insecurity and poverty, we collaborate with community leaders, non-profit organizations, faith organizations and government agencies, among others, to impact geographically isolated families with limited resources and low incomes.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION TO “NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS” AND CHURCHES ASSOCIATED WITH BANCO DE ALIMENTOS DE PUERTO RICO
In 1996, Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico registered 125 nonprofit organizations and churches to our food program beneficiaries. Currently, daily food distribution serves more than 165 organizations.
This program is structured to achieve immediate results impacting collectives in need with the support of our allies across the Island. Emergency Purchases are made to provide nutritious food to vulnerable populations and communities with high rates of food insecurity. Also, to populations facing unique individual barriers, such as social stigmas and physical access to food products.