San Juan, .- The Food Bank, which for more than 30 years has been dedicated to mitigating hunger in Puerto Rico among people with social exclusion, called on Wednesday for collaboration between different groups to address food insecurity on the island.
“Access to services and programs of nutritious and healthy food should be addressed as a human rights component of vital importance for the well-being of our population, especially 67% of households living below the poverty level,” he said. Denise Santos, president of the Food Bank.
“For us it is a priority to work together with different sectors to advance the model of food sustainability,” he said, after making an urgent call for collaboration from the business sector, the food industry, corporate and community volunteer programs.
Santos highlighted the importance of disclosing the data recently presented by the Institute of Statistics, through the Food Security Survey in Puerto Rico 2015.
“When analyzing that among several findings, 33.2% of the population aged 18 and over presented food insecurity, it is more than evident that the approach to address the situation must be multisectoral,” he said.
Thanks to the development of alliances and the support of its collaborators, the Food Bank annually distributes an average of 12 million pounds of food and serves more than 1.2 million people, through affiliated agencies and community impact programs. (EFEUSA)