Acceso stepping up to the challenges presented by COVID-19

A message from Acceso’s leadership team

Our work building supply chain businesses that connect smallholder farmers to markets has always been very important. In the face of COVID-19, our work is not only important, but vital. As borders close, restrictions are implemented, and the crisis unfolds around us, Acceso’s social businesses have quickly become a critical source of food for hundreds of thousands of people in Latin America and Haiti. Additionally, in these troubling times, our businesses are an even more crucial source of income for the small farming communities that we partner with and we continue to purchase all our food from small farmers. We are doing everything we can in El Salvador, Haiti, and Colombia to maintain our local food supply chains.

As borders close, countries will begin to face fresh food shortages. In El Salvador, we’re working closely with our partners Super Selectos, RANSASubway, and others to ensure our local supply chains remain intact and fresh produce and fish can get to stores with safe procedures and without contamination.

In Haiti, we’re keeping up peanut production so alongside our partners Kellogg FoundationPartners in Health, and others, we can keep feeding kids who will increasingly need this source of nutrition in the challenging times ahead. When Haitian schools were ordered closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, Acceso Haiti restructured its existing school feeding program, shifting to the assembly and distribution of pre-packaged food-kits available for monthly pickups at participating Model School Network sites. We’re also partnering with CORE in the U.S. to include our Lavi Spicy Peanut Butter in food kits for the needy in North Carolina and Georgia.

In Colombia, we’re working hard to ramp up deliveries of fresh produce as needed to kitchens operated by partners ABACO ColombiaWorld Central Kitchen, and Wayuu Taya Foundation so they can continue to feed tens of thousands of Venezuelan migrants with critical food. To date we have supported the feeding of +5.7 million meals to more than 251,000 Venezuelans. We recently began participating in a new feeding program with Colombia Cuida Colombia, which provides food bags directly to people in need. Acceso Colombia supplied 1,350 bags with potatoes, yucca, onion, papaya, pineapple, beets, carrots, apples, and pears for individual families in Cúcuta and Cartagena. We’re taking every step possible to ensure our food supply chains into supermarkets are robust and will stay so through the curve.

Thank you to Acceso’s local heroes for already going above and beyond, working around the clock, in the face of COVID-19. Thank you to our local farmers who continue to bring food to us so that together we can feed local communities in the face of border shutdowns. Thanks to our partners for your continued support and creativity in finding solutions.

Please continue to support social businesses who are providing essential services at this time, in countries that don’t even remotely have the same infrastructure and foods systems as many of ours do. Reach out to us at info@acceso.org if you’d like to support any of our efforts or if you have suggestions on organizations we should reach out to. Stay safe!

As borders close, restrictions are implemented, and the crisis unfolds around us, Acceso’s social businesses have quickly become a critical source of food for hundreds of thousands of people in Latin America and Haiti."
– Acceso's leadership team