The Barceló Foundation incorporates this new entity to its solidarity food program due to the unemployment rates that will register Mallorca this summer because of the closure of the hotels by the COVID-19.
According to the report “A fair and necessary reconstruction is possible” published this week by the Intermon Oxfam NGO, the Balearic Islands is the community where poverty will increase the most after the pandemic. It is estimated that the number of people in need will increase 11.7% on the islands.
Undoubtedly, the tourist areas will be the most affected because both members of the family worked in the sector and without work, they will not be able to bring home any income.
Cala d’Or, in the southeast area of Majorca, is a clear example as it is one of the most visited villages on the island during the summer months. For this reason, Caritas Association, in view of the demand’s increase that will happen during these months, requested a few weeks ago to join the ALISOL project through which the Barceló Foundation distributes fresh food such as vegetables, fruit, meat, fish and bread to 13 charities in the island.
Their application was approved and two weeks ago they starts to receive the food donation from our Son Barceló’s property (in Felanitx). Our volunteer Álvaro Pacheco in the photo gives the food boxes to Isabel Cabrera, a volunteer of the organization.
The Caritas Cala d’Or team is led by the parish priest of Santañí, Mr. Bartomeu Villalonga, and every Friday morning distribute food, hygiene and cleaning products donated by individuals and businesses to approximately 30 families who come to their facilities, a number that will increase the next few weeks.
For this reason, the solidarity food distribution project started in 2013 by the Barceló Foundation has then increased the number of collaborating entities, from 13 to 14; also the number of beneficiaries of the program and consequently the number of donated kilos.