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Banco de Alimentos de Nosara / Nosara Food Bank

Social Welfare
Nosara

The Nosara Food Bank was founded in 2013 to provide food and other household necessities to families living in extreme poverty in the Nosara District. Before the COVID economic downturn, food baskets were distributed monthly. At the current time, the Nosara Food Bank is helping alleviate food insecurity for about 700 families who are still affected by the zero-tourism season.

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About Us

The Nosara Food Bank was founded in 2013 to provide food and other household necessities to families living in extreme poverty in the Nosara District. Before the COVID economic downturn food baskets were distributed monthly from the FUCAN Building in Nosara and contained enough rice and beans for each family member for one month, as well as flour, sugar, corn meal, coffee, cooking oil, salt, pasta, tomato sauce, toilet paper, toothpaste, toilet paper and laundry soap.

Members of the Nosara Food Bank Board are active in local neighborhood development associations, churches, and businesses. Needy families throughout the district contact them via social media channels and a Nosara Food Bank phone number. Beneficiaries are mostly elderly people, single mothers, people who have had a bad accident and cannot work and persons with disabilities. At the height of the economic downturn in the spring of 2020 the Nosara Food Bank assisted approximately 1,500 families. At the current time, the Nosara Food Bank is helping alleviate food insecurity for about 700 families who are still affected by the zero-tourism season.  The Nosara Food Bank partners with the Banco de Alimentos de Costa Rica to procure food for a small administrative fee and purchases additional food in bulk from Rinde Mas and other low-cost grocery stores.

The Nosara Food Bank, created in 2013, was organized to provide food and other essentials for needy families in the Nosara area.   The Food Bank accepts cash and online donations and conducts fundraising. While the level of poverty in the Nosara District has improved, there are 300 families in any given month who need this assistance.  The goal of the Nosara Food Bank is to provide sufficient support for food and necessities to meet these needs. Assistance from the Nosara Food Bank is only for emergency relief and where extreme poverty and hunger exist. Since March of 2020 we have been operating under emergency conditions due to the loss of employment from the COVID-19 economic crisis.

 

Our Impact

In January of 2020 we helped a local family completely replace the contents of their burned down home in La Esperanza de Nosara.

In March of 2020 we organized the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to immediately provide food assistance to people in the district who lost their employment when the country closed its borders to keep its health system from collapsing.

During the months of the zero-tourism season due to COVID-19 we have distributed over 7,300 food packages benefitting approximately 12,000 people.

In September of 2020 we started a household garden project with the help of a corporate donor to give community members the training, tools, material, and seedlings to start regenerative gardens.  The Nosara Food bank is working with RegenerateCosta Rica and Guana Huerta organizations to make this project a reality.

In October of 2020, the Nosara Food Bank along with ProyectoVida Mujer (Woman's Life Project) sponsored a low-cost IUD clinic for women of limited resources to have access to birth control.  One of the Nosara Food Bank donors paid for pap smears for all the participants and Proyecto Vida Mujer donated all theCopper T IUDs and medical supplies necessary to run a month-long clinic.  Doctor Jennifer Jimenez of Nosara donated 120 hours of her time and her office to the project.
 
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