Donors come to Food Bank Lakeside’s rescue
Founder Paola de Watterlot thrilled at the renewed support that averted and end to despensas and now focuses on the long term
Families picking up despensas.
Patrick O’Heffernan, Ajijic. The Lakeside community responded to Foodbank Lakeside’s cry for help. Down to enough money to buy only two weeks supply of food for hungry families, the charity put out a call for donations and soon saw their funding horizon doubled with renewed support from the Lakeside community.
“We now have food for a month. We collected enough money to feed families for a month,” said founder and director Paola de Watterlot, who added that the organization’s recent survey of donors and supporters and volunteers was very successful, showing the community’s enthusiasm and giving them ideas for how to better operate and connect with their donors.
Lakeside Food Bank spends approximately $300,000 pesos a month on despensas, buying food from local stores who give them a discount and also pack the bags of food for them. Since de Watterlot founded the organization this past April, it has distributed over 10,000 despensas to families in 6 Lakeside communities. Initially focusing on families devastated by Covid-19, FBL has expanded its mission to include vulnerable families and individuals overwhelmed by sickness, old age, unemployment, and poverty.
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