Vegan Outreach and LULAC Iowa celebrate 1 year of feeding many families in Iowa.

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The pandemic has upended many lives. The Hispanic community has suffered greatly from the effects of the pandemic, but as we inch closer to some semblance of normalcy, we look back and celebrate the little bright spots that helped the community to make it through. One of these moments worthy of celebrating is the partnership between LULAC Iowa and Vegan Outreach.  

June 6 of this year this partnership will celebrate its first year of hard work. Vegan Outreach is an international nonprofit organization that helps prevent violence against animals. This organization helps people looking to help stop animal suffering through better food choices by providing them with necessary information and educational resources making it easier for people to follow a plant-based diet. According to Yuri Mitzkewich, Vegan Food Aid Manager, Vegan Outreach focuses many of its programs on immigrant and Native American communities, that’s why they reached out to LULAC Iowa looking for ways to get the vegan food out to the Hispanic communities. That was a year ago. Since then it is estimated that this special partnership has helped about 600 families in the community. 

 

“Columbus Junction and surrounding areas want to say MIL GRACIAS to Yuri Demott We are forever grateful for our continued partnership with The Vegan Outreach to address food insecurity and food education. It has been a year that this amazing organization has helped over 250 families in our community (Columbus Junction). This pandemic has delivered a devastating blow to the Latino communities,” Araceli Vazquez, LULAC organizer from Columbus Junction, expressed her gratitude. 

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“It has exacerbated long standing disparities and deepened vulnerabilities. Latinos are not just facing a health crisis as shown by the disproportionately high number of infections and deaths, but they are also facing serious and long-lasting financial challenges including pay cuts, lack of savings, and difficulties affording the basics of food and rent. But thanks to this amazing organization we have been able to alleviate some of the burdens and struggles that this pandemic has caused our community. Once again thank you! Together we can do more than we can alone.”  Vazquez added. 

Although the pandemic caused much pain and strained people, relationships and whole communities to the max, there were and are bright spots that give hope that things are not so bad and will eventually get better. LULAC Iowa partnership with Vegan Outreach gave relief to many Hispanic families in Iowa and having enough nutritious and good food to enjoy makes them happy and hopeful that things will get better soon. 

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