Women Forward International brings together Mexican and Californian food recovery partners for a distribution event in Antioch on Thursday
Under the auspices of WFI, the Mexican Association of Vegan Entrepreneurs is partnering with California’s White Pony Express to create a model for addressing food insecurity on a global scale.
On July 7, 2022, a new global partnership will be the first in a series of joint actions against food insecurity.
Women Forward International, the global nonprofit that builds creative partnerships to bring unity, collaboration and service to humanity, will bring its Mexican partners, the Association of Vegan Entrepreneurs of Mexico (EVM), for a site visit and food distribution with their California partner, White Pony Express (WPE), a leading non-profit food rescue and recovery organization, located in Contra Costa County. This follows WPE’s WFI-sponsored site visit to EVM’s headquarters in Monterrey, Mexico last month.
The food distribution will take place in collaboration with RR Ministries, a bilingual community church in Antioch. The event will take place on Thursday, July 7 at (time) in the church parking lot at 512 West 2nd Street. Sweetgreen, the health-focused casual dining chain and WPE partner, is providing 150 vegan salads to volunteers. World Centric, a leader in compostable materials and sustainability, will provide eco-friendly containers for food distribution.
The event represents WFI’s expansion of a volunteer-powered food delivery service initiative in Mexico. The non-profit brings together White Pony Express and the Association of Vegan Entrepreneurs of Mexico to provide technical assistance and support for EVM’s Mesa Redonda Round Table initiative, aimed at reducing hunger in the American neighbor .
Throughout EVM’s visit, WPE will help EVM deepen its ongoing work, institute security policies and practices, raise awareness, and ultimately expand its services. WPE will provide lessons learned and help develop manuals and approaches that will allow Mesa Redonda to integrate more restaurants and other types of businesses into their network as well as serve other organizations supporting women who have suffered. gender-based violence (GBV).
According to Kent Davis-Packard, Founder and President of Women Forward International, “White Pony Express’ collaboration with its Mexican counterpart demonstrates the power of cross-border partnership to alleviate food insecurity and contribute to social equality. It also provides an example of a new paradigm of philanthropy based on love and human unity.
Eve Birge, Executive Director of White Pony Express, added, “We look forward to deepening the impact of the Mesa Redonda initiative by sharing best practices and approaches to building trust and collaboration. In short, we will help them create a model that will be scalable and based on our belief in the ‘we all take care of each other‘ vision.”
Rocio Cavazos, Founder and President of EVM, envisions a deeper purpose for her organization’s visit: “WFI and WPE are helping us achieve a common goal of improving lives, protecting the environment and ending poverty. hunger and marginalization This model can be applied worldwide.
ABOUT WOMEN FORWARD INTERNATIONAL (WFI)
WFI(www.womenforwardinternational.org) builds creative partnerships that connect mind and heart to bring unity, collaboration and service to humanity. WFI’s partnerships encompass a range of private sector, academic and non-profit clients to identify research essential to human progress, then pair teams of international studies graduate students with these organizations to carry out that research and put implement innovative solutions. These projects include empowering women artisans in conflict zones, promoting sustainable agriculture with gender equity and taking action for the elimination of hunger as well as inclusive access to water. education through digital and other unique platforms. WFI uses the reflective power of art to reveal and investigate the underlying cultural issues at play in a given international relations issue. It thus offers the next generation of world leaders a more holistic approach to human relations.
ABOUT VEGAN ENTREPRENEURS OF MEXICO (EVM)
Founded in 2020 and based in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, the Association of Vegan Entrepreneurs of Mexico (en.aevm.mx) is an NGO and entrepreneurial community that strives to empower consumers to adopt conscious and healthy lifestyles. Members make plant-based options accessible to the general public, replacing the use of animals to achieve balance with the Earth, the health of our bodies, and ethical interaction with the other living beings with whom we share the planet.
ABOUT WHITE PONY EXPRESS (WPE)
Based in the California Bay Area, White Pony Express (WPE) (www.whiteponyexpress.org) is a volunteer organization whose mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty by offering the abundance that surrounds us to those who need it, with love. They serve 120,000 people each year by partnering with more than 80 nonprofit organizations that have strong ties to the community. The WPE Rescue Program has expanded on this model by subjecting all collected food to a meticulous disposal process and promising that it is obtained, sorted and redistributed within twenty-four hours, seven days a week.
ABOUT RR MINISTRIES (MINISTERIOS REY DE REYES): RR Ministries is a bilingual ministry, located in Antioch, California. We believe that God has called us to teach his word as an instrument of restoration and healing for families in our community. As a church, we are committed to creating an environment that builds healthy individuals and strong families. The church’s Promise Keeper program holds regular food and supply distributions on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. For more information, call (925) 588-4818.