President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that there are now over 10,600 community kitchens across the country, benefiting half a million people through access to a healthy, varied diet, in sufficient quantity.

“At the beginning of this administration, the government took the firm decision to recognize that there were more than seven million Mexicans who did not have regular meals; sometimes they ate and sometimes they did not. There were days when they had nothing to eat or when they did not have enough or their meals were not guaranteed.”

At the start of this Administration, the president launched the National Crusade Against Hunger and the National Inclusion Strategy and created Community Kitchens.

Actions in the National System Community Kitchens

Infrastructure. The government is working to ensure that all community kitchens have electric or solar energy, drinking water, drainage, sanitation, refrigeration and the ingredients to make tortillas. SEDATU, CFE and CONAGUA will work in coordination with SEDESOL and DIF, to achieve this. FEMSA and GRUMA, among others, are private sector partners that are contributing to equipping the Community Kitchens.

Integrated Support for Volunteers and Users. On the basis of a diagnosis, it will be possible to meet the needs of those who are part of the community kitchens, through social programs. Over 60,000 volunteers are working in the community kitchens.

Productive training. Work is underway to ensure that users develop the necessary skills to have higher incomes and, in the future, not to require the services of these community kitchens. In addition to sufficient food, they will receive training for jobs and to develop projects with the support of SAGARPA, SEDESOL and private companies.

Spaces for social cohesion. The National Institute for Adult Education provides literacy courses and elementary and middle school certification. The Culture Secretariat will promote activities such as cinema, choirs, theater, photography and traditional ensembles. And the National Institute of Women will provide courses and workshops on the prevention of violence and gender equality.

Accountability. In each Community Dining Room, there will be social audit schemes. Moreover, the Salvador Zubirán National Institute of Medical Sciences will certify regional menus, and PROFECO will verify their nutritional content.

"We will ensure that these kitchens have cement floors, ceilings, potable water, electricity and basic services so that they operate for the benefit of all those it caters to.

We really want to make an area of socialization for those who are there, to support the families Magda referred to; not only for those who are volunteers, not only for those who care for them, but for those who will be looked after there.