Save the Children and Banco de Alimentos Perú deliver more than 11 tons of food to areas affected by rains and floods in La Libertad, Lambayeque and Lima
- Faced with the climate emergency, the products were delivered to common pots and soup kitchens to ensure lunches for girls, boys and adolescents from vulnerable families.
As a consequence of the rains and floods affecting northern Peru, thousands of families have seen their possibilities of accessing food limited. In response to this scenario, Save the Children and the Food Bank of Peru distributed more than 11 tons of products among the affected families in La Libertad, Lambayeque and Lima.
Due to the arrival of Cyclone Yaku at the beginning of the year, to the aftermath of which were added the effects of El Niño Costero, more than 600,000 people were left with different humanitarian needs ; among them, the lack of food that guarantees adequate nutrition for children and adolescents. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) , the food insecurity situation worsened for more than 506,000 people as a result of the emergency.
In this scenario, in association with the Food Bank of Peru, Save the Children distributed food kits in 5 districts of the aforementioned regions, which have been the most affected by rains and floods. This initiative allowed 1,900 people to access products from the basic family basket, such as rice, lentils, peas, noodles, sugar, oats, canned tuna, salt, and oil.
“This intervention together with the common pots where girls, boys, and adolescents go is part of a comprehensive response that we, as Save the Children, have been implementing in regions affected by Cyclone Yaku in Peru, which is also suffering today from the consequences of El Coastal Child,” explained Auner Mendoza, Territorial Coordinator of La Libertad for Save the Children Peru.
Save the Children is distributing humanitarian aid in other regions affected by the rains, including La Libertad, Lambayeque and Piura, where debris removal and school cleaning kits are distributed, in addition to family hygiene kits and of safe water. By the end of June, we will serve more than 30,000 people.
In addition, Banco de Alimentos Perú carried out its campaign “Peru Needs You” to impact 2,350 victims of the rains and mudslides in 10 areas of Lima, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Piura through the donation of more than 16,000 kg of food and hygiene products with the support of around 100 volunteers.
“At Banco de Alimentos Perú, we will always be willing to assist people in vulnerable situations, especially during emergencies, which make it difficult to access basic needs such as food. We want to thank Save The Children, our great allies, for allowing us to respond assertively to the food crisis. We hope to continue ensuring a better quality of life for all Peruvians,” said Daniela Osores, general manager of Banco de Alimentos Perú.