Cooking Solidarity, feeding hope.

The sanitary measures implemented to avoid the spread of COVID-19 have had direct consequences on the performance of the food systems, compromising the food security of people, especially those in vulnerable situations.

ICCO Cooperation has promoted different actions through its MANQ’A model, so that gastronomy works as a bridge of solidarity between those who want to help and those most in need.

At the end of the month of June, food and biosecurity material was delivered to 400 youths and their families in the city of El Alto (Bolivia) and in La Guajira (Colombia), to help them eat healthy and have biosecurity material to lessen the possibilities of contagion of Coronavirus.

“I want to thank them for the help they are giving us. With MANQ’A I was able to reach a dream: to study and start a business. In this time of quarantine due to COVID 19, we all are going through a tough time. Receiving this support makes us feel like we´re not alone”, Ofelia Quispe, young MANQ’A entrepreneur.

In the last 3 weeks, MANQ’A Restaurant gave out 2.500 free lunches to people living on the street, elderly adults, migrants from Venezuela and people with disabilities. Furthermore, 400 highly nutritional lunches were given to doctors and nurses that were battling the virus at the main hospitals in La Paz and El Alto in Bolivia.

These actions are supported by Kerk In Actie, the World Food Program, The Embassy of France, Maria Marina Foundation, and by people that have found in MANQ’A a bridge towards those in need. They don´t only support of the most vulnerable people in society, but also generate employment and better life conditions for young cooks that have studied at our schools.