we just keep getting better!

OPERATION

FEED

April 18th

Just because it will be "low season" doesn't mean we can't still have lots of fun.  Join us at Viva Mexico for a great meal and special treats.

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Tickets will be on sale at Mia's and Diane Pearls beginning Monday.

We will also be selling tickets at our Thursday Despensa Time.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.  Time to get your first drink and check out the silent auction items. If you are participating in the Spirit Raffle, you can leave your bottle and see what other spirits you might be leaving with.

Dinner will start at 5:00 p.m. with salad and soup.  

Spirit raffles will happen throughout the night with each winner getting to pick 4 bottles of spirits to take home.


What's been going on?

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Even when it was quite chilly, the volunteers came to ensure the food was packed and ready. The bundled up children were happy to receive their gifts and help carry home the very valuable food bag.


Operation Feed keeps true to its original mission - to ensure that families in need receive adequate food each week. At this time, we are serving 102 families, including over 250 children. Each week the families receive eggs, rice, beans, oats or soy, oil, pasta, and either tuna or fresh vegetables. Twice a month, those with children receive milk. Once a month, they are given a special bag of pet food, too. It is enough to help them make it through the week and use their limited funds for other critical needs.

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Just 300 pesos a month provides for one family.

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Food, yes!  But being able to see if really special.

A new aspect of Operation Feed services is the health of our villagers. We have started with vision. 

Many of the volunteers noticed that the English class students were having difficulty reading.  So through the work of Diego, Tom and Buddy we are now able to provide a basic eye screening to our families and other villagers. We then provide reading glasses to those who need them. Special thanks goes this month to Jim Sutton for bringing back a bag of readers!

Laura and a wonderful Mexican company came to Viva Mexico and followed up with people needing more specific prescriptions.  Look at the smile that being able to see clearly brings!

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Lynn has stepped into the role of cooking guide. She is meeting with our women, with the guidance of Agustin, to determine what they want to learn and what they can share. Not only will Lynn be working on food prep and nutrition, but she will be providing yoga instruction, too!

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We are continuing our efforts to provide the necessary items to help our villagers ... that includes canes, crutches, and wheelchairs. With the connections that Lisa has through her work with Alaskan Airlines, she has been able to bring back a wheelchair for one of our men. He no longer has to worry about his old chair collapsing and tossing him on the floor. Plus we now have a good supply of canes.

Lots of projects ... lots of successes

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English classes are going strong.  We teach 5 days a week! With the variety of ages, it is great to have so many volunteers.!

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The Knitting/Crocheting group continues to make terrific items to sell. Because we have many generous donors of yarn and beads, all the money from a sale goes directly to the woman who made it. Janine has helped the women develop some new products, like small dog rugs and dog coats. 

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How can you help?

  1. If you have a passion, talent, or interest ... please let us know and we can help you share it. It might be a one time lesson for a small group or several weeks of providing a service.  For example, you might help us with diabetes testing ... or a new craft idea ... or transporting items from storage to Viva Mexico.
  2. Join the Egg Ladies ... Team 2 (3rd Tuesday of each month) needs a few more members.
  3. Promote our cause at your club meetings or lunch groups. Let people know about Operation Feed. Help us get 120 people to the dinner on the 18th of April.os, kotex, adult diapers, etc.

Operation Feed is very grateful to the San Luis Obispo Daybreak Rotary. Last year they visited us and brought money for the shoe project. This year their donation is paying for teaching materials for the English classes and books for the lending library.

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Veryl Ann Duncan, Joan Suttle, Linda Wilson, president, Rotary San Luis Obispo Daybreak

4.Buy a T-shirt, a bag, some knitted items. 

5. Volunteer to help with the 1-2 Buckle My Shoe project which provides money for parents to buy school shoes.

6.Hook up with any of our current projects -- English classes, knitting, cooking, yoga, and more.

7.Take charge of computer needs: especially getting good apps on tablets.

8.Help with photography, website, emails, and more communication ideas.

9.Donating clothing items, printer paper, pencils, children's books, yarn and beads, extra long-lasting food items (canned soups, tuna, beans, tomato sauce, etc.), soaps, shampoos, kotex, adult diapers, etc.

10. And, of course, donations are really important. Whether it's to the general costs, our special projects, or to sponsor a family, every penny is used to ensure our villagers have a chance at a better life.

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Operation feed website