More than three hundred children of families living in Central America’s largest dump and landfill are now receiving good quality, nutritious foods every week.
Additionally, information about how child and family nutrition needs can be addressed is being distributed to mothers. Each child receives eight ounces of soymilk and two fortified cookies or biscuits every Wed. and Sat.
The bakery foods are produced at Iglesia Santa Maria by “Grupo de Soya Santa Maria” (GSSM). All this is happening thanks to dozens of individual donors, the Trull Foundation in Texas, the SG Foundation in California, and the committed staff of GSSM with the assistance of Plenty volunteers.
The toasted soy flour used to fortify the baked flour used to fortify the baked foods is produced by a Maya community-owned soy food center in Solola (ADIBE) and the soy milk is made by the women’s association called Unidas Para Vivir Mejor (UPAVIM), organizations that Plenty has helped to establish soy food processing capabilities.
Six people at the project site and two women from UPAVIM are employed part-time through Karen’s Soy Nutrition Project to make and distribute the foods.