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Our beloved Vallarta is facing a crisis with many people out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help our community, we have set up a food bank for the families in Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding areas. Without your support, feeding those in need becomes an even more challenging task. You are crucial to Vallarta Food Bank’s mission: no one goes hungry.

Our board of directors include Jimmy Plouff, Frankie Victoria Bañuelos Estrada and Francie Nguyen. We’re small business owners in Puerto Vallarta who want to give a helping hand to our community. Each of us has experience with volunteer efforts: from delivering food and supplies after hurricanes, searching for missing children, working in soup kitchens, to building schools in small villages in Vietnam.

Currently, our food bank is providing despensas (food bags) to 2,000 families within Vallarta and the outskirt areas including San Sebastián, Quimixto and Chimo.

In addition, the Borges-Coppel Foundation is sponsoring our initiative to provide for another 700 families living in the areas surrounding La Marina. This foundation was created by the owner, Luis Borges, to support charities and they’ve selected us as the first charity for them in Vallarta.

On top of operating our food bank, we also help DIF (Desarrollo Integral de la Familia), a government agency for under-privileged adults and children in the area. We have agreed to make 400 food bags for the elderly in their registry. We’re also lending our volunteers to help pack their food bags.

That’s about 3,000 food bags a week we will be sending out. Without the support of donors and volunteers, it would be impossible.

Since we started our mission, we’ve been asked the same question, “how can I help?” If you’re able, we’d love it if you could make a donation. The direct impact of your contributions is simple; the more funds we receive, the more despensas we can pack and distribute.

Be assured that 100% of your donation will go toward food and basic necessities for families in need. Together we will help the beautiful people of Vallarta feed their families.

So many foreigners who visit or live in Vallarta think of it as "paradise." It's not paradise for those who are hungry because the tourists are no longer here. If you've been able to afford to visit Vallarta and take advantage of all it has to offer, please find a way to give back here.

Our Reach

Every week, our goal is to pack, distribute, and deliver 3,000 despensas (food bags) to hungry families within Vallarta and outside the city - all the way from Chimo to San Sebastián del Oeste.

Please donate what you can. For $10 USD, we can feed one small family for a week.

Quimixto: Weekly delivery to this remote fishing village accessible only by boat.

Boca de Tomatlán: Weekly delivery to this little fishing village.

El Nogalito: Weekly delivery to this small community nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Mismaloya: Weekly delivery to this remote beach cove surrounded by the jungle.

Cartolandia (La Colonia Presidentes Ejidales): Weekly delivery to this little town at the very top of the mountain where houses are made out of crates, cardboard and tarp. There is no electricity, no running water, no trash collection.

Chimo: Weekly delivery to this tiny coastal town located in the municipality of Cabo Corrientes, way past Yelapa and almost at the end of the bay.

San Sebastián del Oeste: Weekly delivery to this beautiful Pueblo Mágico. With no tourist and being so far from Vallarta, the families here are feeling isolated and need our help.

Location of Vallarta Food Bank: Rio de la Plata 379, Col Lopez Mateos, Puerto Vallarta

Hours of Operation:

Monday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm to request an appointment

Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm for scheduled interviews

Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm to receive food packages

5 Ways to Donate with Vallarta Food Bank

You asked for it and we got it. You can now become a monthly sponsor on our own website.

  1. Sign up for a monthly membership on our website

  2. Make a donation online at our website. Credit card or PayPal accepted

  3. For tax deductible you can donate with our partner, Casa JoJo Foundation

  4. Make a donation on GoFundMe

  5. Make a donation directly with PayPal account and use "send to friend" option for no fee

A big thank you to everyone who donated and shared our campaign. Please continue to help share our campaign because it is getting more difficult each day with more and more people out of work. With your contributions, we will make a big difference in their lives.

Last updated: August 14, 2021 · Charity ID: 136

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