The Venezuelan Embassy in the United States carried out this Saturday, August 8, in Katy, Texas, a free food delivery, under the modality of “Food Drive”, to extend a hand of solidarity to the Venezuelan Diaspora in the midst of the pandemic.
Jorge Marquez, liaison of the Embassy in Houston, and Leonardo Boccalon, official of the economic section, led the operation #EmbassyVEContigo carried out with the support of 50 volunteers from the diaspora and local organizations, in partnership with the Houston Food Bank.
“Here in Katy, TX, we benefit over 300 families, not only with food, but with a helping hand in such complex times,” said Marquez. “In a little over an hour and a half, we had already attended and delivered all this help which meant a strong response from our community, which we want to thank.”
From early morning hours long lines of cars formed near the parking lot of the Harvest Market Shopping Center to receive support from the Embassy. At 10:30 AM CET, the operation began and flowed smoothly, delivering non-perishable and protein rich foods, and guaranteeing all the safety and sanitary measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
“Our valuable Venezuelan community in the US has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and, within our limitations, we are articulating efforts from the Economic Section with NGOs, foundations and the private sector to extend a helping hand to those who need it most,” said Boccalon.
Through his Twitter account, Ambassador Carlos Vecchio thanked those who made the activity possible. “I am deeply grateful for the dedication and tenacity of our diaspora, their commitment along with our link Jorge Marquez has been key to implementing this initiative, which we know is not sufficient or perfect, but we hope to improve and replicate it very soon.”
In the coming weeks, the embassy hopes to extend this initiative to other cities with a Venezuelan population such as Miami, Washington, D.C. and Orlando.
Ambassador Vecchio added that “for our management and the interim government of President Juan Guaidó, it is a priority to attend to all Venezuelans, those who are inside Venezuela, but also those who have had to emigrate as a result of the crisis generated by Nicolás Maduro. We do not rest in the conquest of freedom, but at the same time we continue to attend to the needs of our Venezuelan brothers and sisters in the United States,” he ended.