Families Only Meal, La Morita, Mx
Less than 30 minutes Southeast of the San Diego-Tijuana border, in La Morita, Baja California, five Oblate Missionaries with the support of community organizations, and private donations provide “despensas” or grocery bags which oftentimes are the only food families may have to prepare weekly meals.
A “despensa” bag would usually include the basics: Oil, Beans, Rice, Sugar, Bread.
With many of the families very low income, elderly and/or not working, without the Oblates help, it would be impossible for them to afford these groceries.
A pound of Sugar, for example, is about $1.50 USD, beans and rice cost per pound ranges about the same. Average income in Mexico is less than $25 USD a week according to Mexico’s minimum wage standards. However many of the families in La Morita who received the Oblate’s help are elderly, sick, handicapped and not able to work. More often than not, their average income for these families is only about $10 USD a week.
News report, photos by Patricio Espinoza, OblateMissions.org