“I eat three meals a day, so the least I can do is provide one meal a week for one person,” Luisa said. “I buy and prepare good food, and I always serve my own family the same meal. That’s what I would want if I were receiving the meals.”
On cooking days, Luisa starts cutting vegetables and preparing the meal at 7 a.m. By noon, the meals are ready to be boxed and brought to another volunteer’s house for distribution. Luisa likes that she can lead by example; her 4-year-old daughter helps by writing a message or drawing a heart on each box.
Still not enough
In total, Cocinamos Toluca distributes 500 meals to local families every day. But for Luisa, it’s still not enough.
“My kids can eat whatever they want, so when I see the kids who are receiving the meals, I’m happy, but I also know it might be the only meal they have that day or week,” she said.
Looking ahead, Luisa hopes to help start another branch of Cocinamos Toluca focused on education. She’d like to provide scholarships, books and uniforms to enable local kids to go to school and get a better start in life.
“We always have to give in the proportion we receive,” Luisa said. “And we have to do it with feeling. It’s the right thing to do.”