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25 new community kitchens to be opened across the state

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The state is funding new community kitchens to combat food poverty in Yucatán. File photo

Mérida, Yucatán — As part of a plan to combat food poverty, Yucatán will have 25 new community kitchens in 20 municipalities, government officials announced.

The dining rooms will help families make ends meet as well as foster good food habits, they said.

Yucatán state has one of the best track records in the abatement of hunger in the past five years, said Gov. Rolando Zapata Bello. More than 4 billion pesos has been spent to combat hunger, he said.

Between 2012 and 2014, approximately 150,000 Yucatecans had improved living standards that lifted them above the poverty line, according to a survey conducted by the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy.

The state also plans to establish community vegetable gardens and animal pens so citizens can feed themselves self-sufficiently.

With a monthly budget of 61,000 pesos for supplies and equipment, each canteen will offer breakfast and lunch to 125 people in Mérida, Valladolid, Tizimín , Kanasin, Chemax, Uman, Tekax, Hunucma, Peto, Ticul, Motul, Oxkutzcab, Espita, Yaxcabá, Halachó, Izamal, Temozón, Progreso, Maxcanú and Tzucacab.

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