Quad Cities Mexican restaurants donate to Hispanic food pantry

The intention is to deliver greater entry to Hispanic cooking ingredients through the Quad Metropolitan areas area.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A team of regional eating places is offering up a portion of their sales to support a neighborhood foodstuff pantry that focuses on delivering Hispanic cooking components to the Hispanic inhabitants of the Quad Towns. The venture is in partnership with St. Anthony’s foods pantry in downtown Davenport.

The church gives a foods pantry each and every weekday, but only operates the Hispanic component-distinct food items pantry when a thirty day period. John Cooper is the church’s pastoral affiliate.

“We had heard that Hispanic meals elements are tough to come by at the other foods pantries in the neighborhood. And individuals of colour are much a lot more very likely to be food insecure. So, one of the matters that we are hoping to do is to get foodstuff out to all those populations,” Cooper mentioned.

The initiatives to supply obtain started through the coronary heart of the pandemic. Cooper and his crew promptly recognized it was no low cost process. They’ve gone as considerably as Chicago to get masa flour, chilies and other ingredients in bulk for low cost.

“We got a grant as a result of Riverbend Foodbank past 12 months to essentially especially acquire Hispanic components, but that grant has operate out. And suitable now, we have been fundraising,” Cooper explained.

With Cinco de Mayo being one particular of the busiest days for Mexican places to eat, numerous area hotspots have resolved to phase up and aid give for the pantry.

“We’re grateful that during a occupied time of the 12 months and that kind of point, these dining places will be wondering of individuals who don’t have, and wondering of those of us that are trying to make meals out there to them,” Cooper explained.

Azteca on North Brady Street in Davenport is donating $1 of every margarita ordered May 5 via Might 8 to the food pantry. They are also encouraging diners to spherical their monthly bill up to the closest greenback as a donation.

Gloria Mancilla is a food items pantry volunteer coordinator. She loves to see the community occur together for a excellent trigger.

“It tends to make me quite very pleased that we’re stepping up, and that we’re functioning with each other in the Quad Cities, to support each and every other, you know, to not depart any group guiding,” Mancilla mentioned.

Other places to eat have also gotten on board. Los Portales on East Kimberly will also be donating a single greenback from each margarita sale on Thursday. In addition, Los Primos Mexican Grill on East Locust Avenue and Ganzos Restaurant and Cantina on North Marquette Street will be building money donations.

This effort and hard work is just the to start with initiative in a string of occasions happening in the course of the summer season to guidance the Hispanic community of the Quad Towns.