During the month of March, following the Covid-19 outbreak, Beneficencia de Lima, the Mayor of Lima Metropolitana and a group of Peruvian food activists created Casa de Todos, a shelter for homeless people in the former bullring of “Acho”, dating back to 1762.
Diego Muñoz and Francisco Barrientos took the lead shaping the kitchen with a group of volunteer chefs, restaurant owners, suppliers and producers. Their first goal was to give visibility to those who are often left at the margins of society and hit particularly hard during the pandemic.
Now the goal has shifted to offer more services to empower the communities they serve. For this reason, we joined forces with Food for Soul to longterm the mission to build healthier food systems that foster community resilience.Our Impact
During the emergency that kicked off in March 2020, a team of 12 chefs joined the effort of Beneficencia de Lima to create a shelter in the bullring of “Acho”, which dates back to 1762. Cooking from the kitchen of Astrid & Gastón, they started catering to 220 people, growing to about a thousand per day. They’ve served around 90,000 dishes this season.
The Learning Network is based on benevolent partnerships, mutual respect and recognition. It is our duty to contribute to the development of a safe, balanced and open space, where everyone can feel heard and appreciated and where we can demonstrate the potential of working together to achieve a more meaningful and widespread impact.
Through the development of multilateral relationships between Food For Soul and the operating partners, the intended outcomes are:
Become an interconnected financially stable, community of organizations and individuals who, while sharing similar values, have different experiences and approaches and who can learn from and support each other;
Make sure that across the network, participants are able to offer high-quality services to their communities;
Develop the tools to measure the impact that the Refettorios and Social Tables have on their communities as well as the ripple effect that they are having on wider audiences and craft ways to communicate such impact;
Become an influential voice for change and advocate based on diverse experiences for resilient communities, social mobility and equitable food ecosystems.
Lima is a key culinary destination per se, it has been as trendy and as visited in the last few years and it’s growth correspond to a well-though strategy and huge effort ignited and sustained by a collective of chefs, now embracing generation after generation.