Christmas without hunger: MST basket donation campaign will be supported

This week, personalities from different areas launched the “Christmas without hunger” campaign, to donate food baskets from the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) to families in extreme poverty.

Chef Bela Gil, theologian Leonardo Boff, and economist Eduardo Moreira are among the organizers of the initiative, supported by businessman Leandro Almeida, financial market agent João Pacífico, educator Marcia Miranda and retired judge Kenarik Boujikian.

According to the MST, the campaign will also have the support of the presenter Xuxa Meneghel and the youtuber Felipe Neto, who will contribute to publicizing the initiative in their networks.

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The baskets will contain food produced in agrarian reform settlements, in sufficient volume for the consumption of a family of four during the month of December. So far, the distribution is confirmed in the outskirts of São Paulo (SP), Rio de Janeiro (RJ) and Curitiba (PR). In Mato Grosso do Sul, the campaign will serve indigenous communities in vulnerable situations.

The campaign’s priority is to serve people living on the streets, community kitchens on the outskirts, urban occupations by unemployed families and indigenous communities.

Solidarity as an answer

Without money to buy food, at the height of the health crisis, 125.6 million Brazilians lived with food insecurity. The number is equivalent to 59.3% of the country’s population and is based on a survey carried out between August and December 2020 by the Universität Berlin, in Germany.

During the pandemic, the MST has donated more than 5,000 tons of food and 1 million lunchboxes to the country’s urban and rural outskirts since April 2020.

At the end of last year, the landless also launched Christmas baskets with agrarian reform products, both for donation and for sale.

On December 24th, the Brazil in fact showed that the MST distributed lunchboxes to homeless people in São Paulo and in several capitals throughout Brazil.

Edition: Leandro Melito

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