The Latino community has dispproportionally been impacted by COVID19, not only by the disease, but also their socioeconomic outcomes.
Soon in the pandemic, when business started to close, Latinos were unemployed with no hope to receive any benefits. Many of the mixed-immigration status families do not qualify for unemployment at all, the “Stimulus checks” or any other federally funded assistance. Since March 2020, Comite Latino de Baltimore, Baltimore City Cancer Program and Centro SOL were leading independent efforts to feed families in need who were impacted by COVID19. In April, 2020, the three groups convene with a group of Latino serving organizations including Southeast CDC, Councilman Zeke Cohen, Delegate Brooke Lierman, and Gallery Church to establish Comunidad Unida (Community United). The mission of the group was to address food insecurity during the COVID19 pandemic for Latino families through food delivery to households to reduce the need to leave the house.
Comunidad Unida set up a list of hundreds of families including individuals in multi-family households, single mothers with children, and families with no reliable transportation many of whom had been directly impacted with COVID19. Since the first delivery in May through August, the collaborative has distributed four thousand packets of groceries including fresh produce boxes, groceries with culturally appropriate food.
Centro SOL’s main role has been to manage logistics of the project, coordinate volunteers, and oversee family recruitment in collaboration with Comite Latino and Baltimore City Cancer Program. Grant management has been performed by Southeast CDC.
To donate or volunteer visit jhcentrosol.org/volunteer
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