“Food is not just feeding, it is giving nutrition and love to children who do not have it due to their vulnerable situation. Giving them a plate of food is giving them love and it is their right,” he said. Carolina Peleritti in dialogue with teleshowafter having been in the popular pot that was held in the Plaza del Congressin support of the law full bellies. Along with her were other artists such as Daniel Araoz Y Anthony Grimau. But the most important thing and those to whom she wants to highlight: there were the men and women who every day put their hearts, work and dedication to feed thousands of children in hundreds of soup kitchens throughout the country.
“I found out about the bill a year and a half ago, I began to internalize myself and every time they take some action I try to make it visible, but what happened in the square was very forceful, it was the first time I met the association of mothers of dining rooms and picnic areas, who came to Congress from their places making a great effort to be present, ”said the actress to this site. The project, which is in Deputies, was promoted by Julio Gonzalez, owner of the Oralí food company and consists of the companies that have grown the most in the last 30 years contributing 0.04 percent of their sales to a trust fund so that community kitchens and picnic areas have a monetary income to sustain themselves.
“It was being close to the people who every day take care of cooking for boys, girls and older people who come to the soup kitchens, and for them it is a struggle and a show of daily love, having their homes and their lives, trying to to bring food every day. When you meet people it is different, you look into their eyes and you can really understand the reality that we are going through as a country in terms of hunger”, reflected the actress with her heart.
That day, in addition, she accompanied the mothers of the soup kitchens to meet with some deputies who support the project and was shocked: “They put into words the reality that every day they have to go through to bring food and that no one is left without eating, which It would have to be a State policy, but one that nobody cares about. When I saw them speak, I felt that beyond the time it takes to rule on the project, there is an urgent reality that could be seen in their eyes”.
“When you see these women speaking to their eyes beyond words, there is no doubt that it is everyone’s issue, that we cannot continue in a country that condemns boys every day to not have food on their plates,” he said. and clarified that she does not speak as an “artist”, but tells what she experienced as a person because she left moved.
Unfortunately, the situation repeats itself and she notices it every day on the street, but being in Congress embracing the cause was a reality check: “It was forceful to see each mother, a law is essential for them because it is a desperate situation, not They may be waiting for donations every day, they can’t just give dry food either, the kitchens need money to be able to buy fruits, vegetables, it’s nutrition, so that the children grow, not only not be hungry. These children will be the people who will take us as a country, whoever has a child in charge of her knows what she needs to be happy and grow, and a plate of food is also a way of giving love.
Among those women was Glory53 years old, from the dining room The Little House of Barrio Miter, Located in San Miguel. She founded the place in 2010 as a way to give what she would have liked to receive when in 2001 she and her husband lost their jobs, one of her daughters had to undergo chemotherapy treatment and the family was struggling. for a plate of food.
Between children and adults, some 480 people go to the place three times a week in search of a meal and breakfast: “This came to me because I suffered a lot between 99 and 2001. I fought it with hunger, I know what you suffer , the problem is visible and I see many people who go out to cardboard with their children. We started making breakfasts from Monday to Saturday and school support, between 40 and 60 kids started coming and everything came out of our pocket, it was what we could do, then we started making lunch and snacks on Saturdays and with the pandemic we started with food, helping to the families that could no longer come”.
Though I wish they didn’t need the law to be enacted full bellies and that there was no need for dining rooms, it is not so. “People come from all over, and more and more, many have help from the Government, but it is not enough.” Currently in La Casita there are 25 people attending to those who need it, they also knead and have a bakery business -they sell pre-pizzas, friar balls and donuts- that gives them money to buy perishable foods such as vegetables or meat. The supply of dry food is satisfied thanks to private donations: “It’s not enough, but you make it work and we all contribute a little.”
What she eats is important to her and she cooks as if she did it for her daughters: “We don’t just make stews, we try to do our best so that people don’t feel bad, I remember in my time you would go and see what that they gave you and you had to give it to your son and you found anything, we tried to make the best food, the best stew. The other day we baked 480 empanadas and 60 cakes, for example”. When she finished talking, she would make ravioli and for next week they have planned some medallions of peas.
On full bellies, said: “It comes to me a lot because if it goes out, the canteens would have a card to be able to buy what we need.” Their work does not end on the plate, they also provide school support for those who need it. In addition to children, there are currently, for example, 20 adults preparing to finish primary school, there are workshops on electricity, mural painting, and other trades. “It’s that when someone doesn’t have to eat, they don’t even think about what they’re going to do next week, but at night, the parents are grateful for the space we give them.”
His work “costs”, but the return is well worth it: “When you do things with love and see that it reaches hearts… we have been fighting for years with love and dedication, we are a nice group and we all strive for the same side”. Gloria was moved when she recalled an example of everything she receives for her dedication: “In 2016 I started making lunches with the boys on Saturdays and once I had a bad health, I have cancer and I was tired of the chemo, no I wanted more and my husband and daughter took me to the boys on Friday afternoon, the next day I cooked for them”.
“I love what I do, I like this law, my daughters are already grown, they are 28 and 30 and have their family, but I fight for what happened to me at the time, I know what it is like not to have,” he said and recalled that in 2001 when life had put her on the other side “not even the Churches would take care of you” and that is why she knows how valuable it is to have community kitchens capable of serving those who need it: “I don’t want to go back to 2001”.
At that time, she and her husband were unemployed and their daughter had leukemia: “Many things happened to me and I had nothing, they closed doors for me, that’s why there is no room at La Casita, because I know that if someone knocks on our door it’s because He has a need.” Some time after hitting rock bottom, she got a job in a family home and then her husband: “We went up, but it was ugly to get on the train with my daughter badly and that the guards would get me off for not having a ticket. I wish there were no more dining rooms or picnic areas, but the reality is that there is hunger and that it is needed”.