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'People's Pots' feed the hungry amid pandemic in Uruguay

May 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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On a recent afternoon in Montevideo, a small army of volunteers was gathering in the backyard of a house. Some were peeling carrots; others were slicing onions. Another group was bringing in spices, salt, and pots...many pots. There was no time to waste.

This is Uruguay's version of a soup kitchen during the pandemic.

According to a recent study by Universidad de la República, Uruguay's oldest and largest public university, there are nearly 700 of these soup kitchens around the country, feeding at one point as many as 55,000 people.

According to the study, more than 60 percent of such soup kitchens didn't get any state funding over the last year and depended on donations and the work of volunteers.

Dorta says they depend on "Roberto," a general name they use to refer to neighbors or caring people who show up unexpectedly to donate food.

Dorta says they try to pack as many calories into every meal because they know this may be the only one people waiting in line may get today.

Mederos says that, after volunteering at the soup kitchen, he doesn't get back home until past midnight.

Esteban Corrales, who has been in charge of organizing this particular people's pot for months, says they constantly get reminded about the great need there is for the work they do.

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