"There is a food basket waiting for you here at the center!" Blanca felt a rush of relief as she heard the news. She thought her children would have to go without food and face another night of hunger.
Blanca, a single mother of five, used to work on a passion fruit plantation in Colombia until she lost her job because of COVID-19. Her only hope for food was a banana plantation, a 30-minute bike ride from her home. Early each morning, she would ride there to ask for some bananas. She and her children were living mainly on bananas — banana soup, fried slices or banana puree.
Blanca’s family was one of 400 that her son’s Compassion center was able to help in this season of desperation. Staff members distributed food baskets, which included rice, tuna, pasta, lentils, chickpeas, beans, oats, flour, oil, sugar, milk, salt, chocolate, cookies and eggs. They have also delivered essentials, such as soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, face masks, sanitizer and liquid soap.
"It had a great impact on the parents when we announced the delivery of the food baskets," says Yudi, the center director. "Many mothers were crying because we brought help at a time when they had nothing to eat."
"I like red beans, rice and pasta,” says Dubian, Blanca’s 7-year-old son. “I feel happy because I can share the food with my family and feel full after eating. We can't say thank you enough. God bless you!"