The Ojochal Community Food Bank was formed in November 2014 after a group of neighbours became aware of a family who was struggling to make ends meet and to put food on the table for their children. Wanting to make a difference and learning that others may also need temporary assistance, a six-person committee was created to assess the needs of families to ensure they “Don’t let their neighbours go hungry tonight”. The Ojochal Food Bank provides food and other related services to families who find themselves in need of basic necessities while striving to help people in the community become, and remain self-sufficient.
This goal of self-sufficiency was the springboard to the development of the Ojochal Food Bank Community Garden. The first phase of the garden project is progressing well, with the planting of indigenous crops including cassava (yucca), sweet potatoe (camote), pineapple, plantains, and various fruit trees. With the help of the Ojochal ADI (town council), the second phase is underway – to scout a secondary location within the village to plant and harvest short-term crops.
The Ojochal Community Food Bank has also joined forces with the non-profit organization, “Pack for a Purpose” to assist the school children in the village with needed back packs and school supplies. Our collection drive begins in November for the February 2016 school year. By using available space in luggage, vacationers and snowbirds can bring much needed supplies to the children of the community. Local hotels, B&Bs, owners of vacation rentals, and tour companies can list their businesses as proud members of the “Pack for a Purpose” initiative, which will benefit the Ojochal Community Food Bank. The organization will create a page that links back to the participating companies respective websites. The site will include a list of supplies that are currently needed, so any visitor to Costa Ballena can participate in this project as well, so be sure to pack smart and save space for a great cause!
“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” – Ghandi
How you can help!
“Pack for a Purpose” and the Ojochal Community Food Bank asks you to support their efforts by creating a “Small Space – Little Effort – Big Impact”, when traveling to our beautiful Southern Zone. Be sure to pack a few items, even one children’s outfit or pair of shoes can help make a difference in one person’s young life. Visit the Ojochal Community Food Bank Facebook Page for a list of necessary supplies.
If you are in the tourist industry, contact the Food Bank to set up your personalized link, and if you are fortunate enough to be living in paradise full time, call or e-mail the Food Bank and see how you can use your skills and talents to support this on-going effort.
*** Collection drive begins November 2015 for start of school in February 2016.***