Mexico: Sharing the Abundance:
Implementing a Food Rescue Model in Mexico
Women and girls are the most vulnerable demographic worldwide to food insecurity. Statistics show that at least twenty to thirty million or more people experience food insecurity in Mexico. Currently, a diverse group of civil society organizations work to address this problem. Despite these efforts, the efficiency, collaboration, and impact of Mexico’s food rescue programs can be significantly improved through a robust, volunteer-based community program that incorporates and coordinates public and private partnerships.
Women Forward International (WFI) is expanding its collaboration with White Pony Express (WPE), a pioneering volunteer-powered nonprofit organization with a mission to eliminate hunger and poverty by delivering the abundance all around us to those in need—with love. With the generous support of TC Energy, through its social impact program, Build Strong, a conglomeration of Mexican businesses, including COPARMEX, the Consejo Coordinador de Mujeres Empresarias, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, and a cutting edge foundation, WFI is curating vital research from leading universities in Mexico to launch a far-reaching food security program in Mexico. The program will be tailored specifically to the needs of Mexican communities and begin with a pilot program in one of the most underserved regions in the country.
To bring together beneficial organizations in Mexico, United States, and Canada to address a gap area in food security by enhancing existing channels, including food banks, and providing a volunteer-powered organizational model that is sustainable to directly and efficiently serve the needs of those most vulnerable, especially women and girls, in Mexico.
In Phase I of our program, we will undertake a feasibility and needs assessment, identify the priority region and city, and create an action plan to bring an efficient and effective new food rescue model to Mexico based on the notion that we are “one human family.”
In Phases II and III, WFI and the university teams will continue to develop the program through direct implementation and strategy for making the program sustainable. The team’s deliverables will include the identification and outreach to the most appropriate partners in terms of restaurants, supermarkets, other types of businesses, transportation and storage resources, and volunteer networks required to address the needs of those who experience food insecurity in Mexico, especially women and girls.
By partnering action oriented university student research teams alongside organizations that bring about economic and social transformation for the common good, WFI can have dramatic impact both on the next generation of leaders and the beneficiaries with whom they are working to bring about a new world based on the principle of shared abundance.
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
This programs contributes to ten out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and have the capacity to uplift tens of thousands of impoverished women and men and their families in the country.
· 2: Zero Hunger
· 3: Good Health and Well-Being
· 5: Gender Equality
· 6: Clean Water & Sanitation
· 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth
· 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
· 12: Responsible Consumption & Production
· 13: Climate Action
· 14: Life Below Water
· 15: Life on Land
Background on White Pony Express
Based in the California Bay Area, WPE serves 120,000 people each year by partnering with more than 80 non-profit agencies who have strong ties to the community. The rescue program at WPE has expanded this model by subjecting all collected food to a meticulous culling process and promising that it is obtained, sorted, and redistributed within a twenty-four-hour time period—seven days a week. They have won numerous awards in California for their unique template and volunteer-based model, are currently spreading the model in three other U.S. cities, and have participated with a white paper in President Biden’s White House Summit on Food Security in September 2022.
WFI welcomes any company that wishes to participate in this beneficial program to further the principle of shared abundance, especially for women and girls, to contribute matching financial support, in kind donations of food, supplies, and space, and to encourage their employees to volunteer. The program enables company volunteers to reach the most vulnerable communities, and unites Mexicans from diverse social strata promoting equity and equality and community resilience. It demonstrates measurable impact in the near term.
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WFI’s Track Record in Mexico
WFI has already supported the creation of an operations manual with our Mexican partners, Mesa Redonda in Monterrey, designed specifically to build a volunteer-based food rescue operation in Mexico. WFI has also had a successful track record in Mexico, partnering over the last three years with Tec de Monterrey, Columbia’s SIPA, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs in Mexico City, and Pro Mujer in Mexico and Central America on programs empowering Mexican women. Now, WFI can refine the operations manual and bring the program to the next level of action.