Mexico City won the Milan Pact Awards (Challenging environment) for the Community Dining Rooms Programme established by the government of Mexico City in 2009 in order to ensure universal access to healthy, nutritious meals at affordable prices (10 MXN equivalents to 0.52 USD).
The dining rooms are set up in areas with very high, high and medium marginalization indexes. In its early stage, the program consisted of 160 dining rooms that served 8,063 meals per day. Seven years later, Mexico City has 204 dining rooms distributed across its 16 districts that provide at least 33,500 meals on a daily basis. The great expansion of the program has had a direct impact in the reduction of hunger. According to the national poverty measurement council (CONEVAL), in a given area with a dining room the population who suffers from hunger is reduced by 30 per cent. The Community Dining Rooms operate under a co-responsibility model that involves the local government, academic institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector. They are established and operated by civil society organizations interested in ensuring the Right to Food in their communities. The program also prioritizes the empowerment of the most vulnerable groups of society, by providing an employment.These groups include women who have suffered domestic violence, senior citizens and people with disabilities.
The food served in each dining room is prepared and handled under the strictest quality and health standards by the dining room staff, which is subject to continuous monitoring training and instruction for improvement.
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