Working with the Association of Colombian Food Banks (ABACO), Colombian airline Viva Air, through its Viva Air Foundation, has delivered almost 20 tons of food to the famine stricken La Guajira Peninsula of Colombia, the foundation announced.
The airline made two flights, one on April 30, and the second today, taking 9.7 tons from the Food Bank of Cali and an equal amount from the Food Bank of Bogotá to the Almirante Padilla airport in Riohacha. The Talma Airport Services company in Riohacha is assisting, and the delivered food is destined to reach, 2.677 families in Vibulla, Riohacha, Uribia, Manaure, and the frontier town of Maicao on the Venezuelan border.
“Solidarity is one of the flagship values of the Viva Air Foundation. We have been working hard to support those most in need and face this Covid-19 crisis that affects us all. For us it is very valuable to be able to provide our transport services and work hand in hand with different allies to contribute to the society that currently needs humanitarian aid,” says Mónica Gil, CEO of the Viva Air Foundation.
The foundation also announced that it has donated 750 supply kits to health professionals in Colombia and worked with 10 other corporate and nonprofit collaborators to deliver 5,385 tons of food throughout the country, reaching 20,600 people.
“We are happy because as the Food Bank Association of Colombia we have delivered more than eight million kilograms of food throughout the country, exceeding our initial goal of reaching more than one million people. This we are achieving thanks to allies in transportation such as Viva Air, where we are going to be able to mobilize food to the most needy parts of the country and thus increase coverage. Now we want to expand our coverage to one million five hundred thousand Colombians,” said Juan Carlos Buitrago, director of the Network of Food Banks of Colombia.