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For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in.

Matthew 25:35

Among the six million inhabitants of Nicaragua, 20 percent suffer from undernourishment. This number, just a statistic to us, increased during last year’s drought, which is expected to continue during 2015. As a crisis response, we at Something to Eat plan to pack 25,000 meals during our annual Peasants’ Day Feast event.

The initiative will take place next Monday, February 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at our warehouse, located at 1200 South 5th St, Kansas City KS. Registration for Peasants’ Day Feast is still open at youthfront.com/somethingtoeat/peasantsdayfeast/. Similar to years past, we are expecting many families to gather on Presidents’ Day to be part of this event and pack thousands of densely nutritious meals that will be sent to Nicaragua.

For farmers like Crescencio Polanco, losing their seasonal crop for lack of rain means an economic disaster. Polanco invested the money from his last harvest in seeds for the next year, so after the drought he had to borrow more money to plant again and try to recover the loses. In 2014, the rainfall was up to 88 percent lower in some areas of the country, which has been the largest deficit since records began. This drought is caused by the climate change, which is especially hard on the second poorest country in Latin America. As crop production dramatically decreases and food prices go up, food insecurity is one of the immediate consequences. Last year, a red bean kilo doubled its price to $2, which is the average person’s daily budget.

Nicaragua is the 10th most vulnerable country to climate change in the world. Every year, El Niño causes a severe drought on the western coast and the interior, while the east and the north flood. Since agriculture and livestock constitute more than 60 percent of Nicaragua’s exports, this sector suffers the effects of this weather cycle the most. Last summer, more than 100,000 farmers were affected by El Niño. Climate change is not the country’s only burden. Other natural disasters like last year’s earthquake, and plagues like the coffee leaf rust outbreak in 2013, make it very difficult for farmers to merely subsist.

In January, at Something to Eat, we shipped 57,024 meals to West Africa through Convoy of Hope, to help victims of Ebola. Other times, the recipients of these meals are in our own city. In Kansas City alone, one in five children struggles with food insecurity.

Help us fight hunger! Register HERE.

PEASANTS’ DAY FEAST
When? Feb 16 from 1 to 3
Where? 1200 South 5th St, Kansas City KS

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