Barcarena Crossing Donates Food to Socially Vulnerable Families

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Families in a situation of social vulnerability, assisted by the Social Assistance Reference Centers (CRAS) and shelters maintained by the Municipality of Barcarena, will receive food produced by farmers in the municipality. The donation is being made possible by the Travessia Barcarena Project, an initiative of the Hydro Sustainability Fund in conjunction with PPA Solidariedade, implementing partners and local partners. In total, 1,370 families will be benefited, that is, almost 7,000 people.

Agricultural production available in cooperatives in the region was acquired by the project to carry out the donation. The emergency initiative seeks to strengthen food security for people served by the municipality's social assistance network and, at the same time, generate income for family farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

Donations to the six CRAS and to the four public shelters in Barcarena add up to 73 thousand kg of food products. The distribution will be made by the centers based on the register of families served by the institutions. 3,643 kg of fruit pulp will also be delivered to the shelters, processed by the Abaetetuba Fruit Growers Cooperative (Cofruta). In addition to Cofruta, the Travessia Barcarena program purchased food products from family farming from the Agricultural Extraction and Development Cooperative of Barcarena (Cedab).

“Our objective is to support the most vulnerable population, impacted by COVID-19, with this work of purchasing and donating family farming products. The Travessia Barcarena is the result of the articulation of the Hydro Sustainability Fund, together with multi-sector partners to help families and organizations in the region, at this challenging time of the pandemic”, says Eduardo Figueiredo, Executive Director of the Hydro Sustainability Fund.

“By meeting the demand for food of families in social vulnerability, purchasing products from family farming in Barcarena, the project Travessia Barcarena, from the Hydro Sustainability Fund fulfills its role of social responsibility and encourages income generation, ensuring that resources circulate in local commerce, while providing food security for people. All of this taking place in partnership with the Municipality of Barcarena and contributing to better care for people”, adds Edson Cardoso, municipal secretary of Agriculture.

Travessia Barcarena has the financial support of R$ 3.8 million, of which R$ 2.5 million are invested by the Hydro Sustainability Fund and R$ 1.3 million via PPA Solidarity, formed by partners USAID, NPI Expand, managed by Palladium , Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA) and SITAWI Finanças do Bem.

About the Hydro Sustainability Fund

Non-profit organization created in 2019 to promote sustainable development and support community-based projects, based on the guidelines outlined in the scope of the Sustainable Barcarena Initiative. It finances projects that contribute to sustainable development, with investment lines based on the real demands of the territory. The Fund is maintained by the companies Hydro, Albras and Alunorte, and has an investment commitment of R$100 million over 10 years.

About PPA Solidarity

USAID, NPI Expand, the Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA) and SITAWI Finanças do Bem have teamed up to create a partnership to help fight COVID-19 in Brazil. The “PPA Solidarity: Response to COVID-19 in the Amazon is an initiative that engages the private sector in strategic partnerships to leverage innovative and scalable solutions to strengthen the rapid response to emergencies and combat COVID-19. The initiative will work with civil society and private sector partners in four lines of action: mobilizing risk communication campaigns and engaging communities in mitigation and protection measures to tackle COVID-19 and empower vulnerable communities and/ or isolated to protect against exposure and transmission of COVID-19; promote COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures in health facilities and communities; support the local health system (hospitals, health posts and community health units/services) to respond to and control COVID-19 through health services and surveillance; support entrepreneurs, small social impact businesses and startups, producer groups and cooperatives with small financial contributions, business advisory services and access to low-interest loans or microcredit.