The Venezuelan Embassy in the United States successfully carried out this Saturday, October 10th, in Doral, Florida, an operation of free food delivery to extend a friendly hand to the Venezuelan community and to Hispanics who have been affected by the pandemic.
Cultural attaché Romy Moreno, Commercial Attaché Fernando Blasi, and Leonardo Boccalon, member of the Embassy’s commercial attaché office, led the activity where 500 food aid kits were delivered free of charge with the support of Feeding South Florida and volunteers from the Venezuelan Diaspora in South Florida.
Moreno highlighted that these types of activities have no cost for the Embassy, the Republic of Venezuela or the Venezuelan people, since they are products donated by food banks. He was emphatic in explaining that “unfortunately this food cannot be sent to Venezuela, because it is provided by food banks such as Feeding South Florida exclusively for residents in the United States and cannot leave US territory. The aid is transferred directly by the respective food bank, in sealed boxes, to the day that was previously agreed upon”.
Boccalon explained that under the #EmbassyVEContigo program, the Venezuelan embassy has carried out social assistance days in Houston and Katy, Texas; as well as in Doral, Miami and Kendall. Additionally, through the embassy’s website (www.us.embajadavenezuela.org) the Venezuelan community in the United States can search their Zip Code the free food distribution days that food banks carry out throughout the United States.
Help to address the crisis in Venezuela
For more than 18 months, the Venezuelan Embassy in the United States, led by Ambassador Carlos Vecchio, has coordinated and channeled with international and U.S. agencies and organizations for humanitarian aid, support needed to address the crisis facing Venezuelans in Venezuela, a product of the excesses of Nicolas Maduro.
“Our diplomatic mission is very aware of the need of our brothers in Venezuela. Precisely thinking about it, we have coordinated for more than a year with specialized agencies such as USAID the necessary contribution to attend those who are in Venezuela. Their contributions have been channeled by agencies such as the Red Cross and organizations such as the United Nations. We have also coordinated with the private sector that contributed important donations such as the 200 tons contributed by Alimentos Goya, which is close to entering Venezuela. More recently, the donation of $200,000 by the IDB was granted for the attention of the brothers affected by the intense rains in El Limón, Aragua State,” explained Fernando Blasi.
He added that “for the interim government of President Juan Guaidó it is a priority objective to support all Venezuelans, those within Venezuela, but also those who have had to emigrate as a result of the crisis generated by Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship. We continue in the fight for freedom and simultaneously, serving as a diplomatic mission the needs of our Venezuelan brothers in the United States.