In August 2017, I worked with Fundacion SACIAR, a non-profit food bank based in Medellin, Colombia. The mission of this organization is to act as a bridge for food security in some of the most impoverished areas of the country. This organization is among many who are trying to change the face of Colombia from a war torn country to a place of hope and security.
The armed conflict for the last 50 years between the paramilitary groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the National Liberation Army (ELN) created a stark contrast between the haves and have-nots through many areas of Colombia and left the majority of the country’s population in need for basic necessities. Uraba is one such region which was tremendously affected by the conflict leaving most of its population extremely poor. Fundacion SACIAR created an on the ground operation named “La Transfiguracion - Templo Comedor” in Apartadó, Urabá to help the needy. Fundacion SACIAR collects top quality food near expiration from grocery stores, restaurants and agricultural farms and delivers it all its Templos Comedores.
This photo essay is based on the work I documented at the La Transfiguracion - Templo Comedor in Apartadó, a city in the Urabá region of Colombia. This food temple assists the feeding of children, pregnant and lactating mothers and older adults. The mothers from these families volunteer in this Templo Comedor as cooks, cleaners and organizers. They are not only members of this organization but form pillars of their community. Apart from food distribution, this Templo Comedor creates training, recreation and education for everyone involved, driving the importance of charity rooted in love, sharing and compassion.