Brazil: 143 tons of food collected for the needy
With the solidarity of population and goodwill of volunteers – most Vicentians, the National Food Collection Day, which took place on November 5, had good results in the Federal District (federal state amoung the 27 territorial unities in Brazil). There, the volunteers collected 6.5 tons of foods that will be sent to the Food Bank of the Programa Sesc Mesa Brasil and then distributed to several institutions that fight hunger in the Federal District, including the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP).
More than 50 cities in Brazil participated in the food collection. The Federal District ranked 3rd in the national food collection, behind São Paulo (19 tons) and Belo Horizonte (7.5 tons). In total, 143.8 tons were collected in Brazil.
In the Federal District, the food collection started at 8 am and ended at 10 pm. The Vicentians were present in the participating supermarkets: Carrefour, Walmart, Veneza and Esteves. Wearing the campaign’s yellow vests displaying an ant on the chest, they invited consumers to help with food donation.
“We are doing our part. This food collection is an opportunity to show the population a possibility to practice charity”, said João Batista Santos, a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Conference and a volunteer at Walmart located at the end of Asa Norte.
The organization of these food collection efforts, through its coordinator, Mrs. Angela Maria Rocha, sent a thank-you letter to the Vicentians for their participation. The food collection was a great success and, in 2017, it will be on November 11.