At Casa Rosada everyone passes the buck, but hunger continues | From the government there are only crossed versions for food in warehouses

At Casa Rosada everyone passes the buck, but hunger continues | From the government there are only crossed versions for food in warehouses
At Casa Rosada everyone passes the buck, but hunger continues | From the government there are only crossed versions for food in warehouses

An unusual discrepancy arose within the government over the 5 million kilos of food that the Ministry of Human Capital keeps stored in two warehouses, undistributed among the thousands of canteens that have been waiting for them since December.

This Friday the Secretary of Children, Adolescence and Family of that portfolio, Pablo De la Torre, wrote on the social network “X”: “Juan, these foods are reserved for climate emergencies.” He responded in a provocative tone to a publication by the leader Juan Grabois (Argentina Humana), the first to criminally denounce the lack of food assistance. The day before, however, the presidential spokesperson, Manuel Adorni, had acknowledged the withholding of food, blamed the previous government and said that it was a decision resulting from “the audits of Minister” Sandra Pettovello that maintain that there are “crooked” dining rooms. or “ghosts.”

De la Torre’s message to Grabois not only contradicted his complaint of lack of food but also attacked him: “Today food is reaching the people who need it, your problem is that it no longer passes through your greedy hands.” Adorni had said something else: that “those foods do indeed exist”, alluding to the 5 million kilos. Then he added that “they are not about to expire but those with the earliest date are going to be distributed.” Then he blamed the previous administration. “We are extremely sorry that you had this trout dining scheme.” “A huge shame “, he launched. “Obviously,” he remarked, they will distribute what there is but that they have kept since December regardless of who needs it.

What would seem rather misleading is the Human Capital survey on canteens pre-registered in the National Registry of Community Canteens and Picnic Areas (Renacom). Many of the women who cook and other representatives of those places where neighbors go in search of food, went this Thursday to the Pettovello ministry to provide all the necessary data so that the authorities know that the kitchens exist, although a list that is judicially denounced (to most of them) say the opposite. “Here we are the ghost eaters,” “come to audit us,” read the colorful signs.

When they were not attended to, some 73 people signed a document before a notary public “to give an account of their work space, address, days of operation and number of people who attend” and that they have not received food from the State since December 10. December. These are canteens belonging to different organizations based in the UTEP (Union of Workers of the Popular Economy), the City and the province of Buenos Aires. The information will be delivered in the different judicial cases on the subject, including the collective protection presented by together with the Center for Legal and Social Studies that awaits resolution.

Cross complaints

The existence of 5 million kilos of stored food – that is, without being delivered to the canteens of social organizations -, acquired during the government of Alberto Fernández, was revealed by The uncovering based on the response to a request for access to public information. There is mainly grass, powdered milk, oil, tomato puree, chickpeas, wheat and corn flour, locro, rice with meat. In smaller quantities they include peas, noodles, raisins, rice with vegetables, egg powder and lentil stew.

Based on this information, the complaint in the case filed by Grabois against Pettovello for cutting the supply of food to canteens, which is instructed by prosecutor Paloma Ochoa, requested a visual inspection in the two operational centers where Capital Humano has all the merchandise. In Villa Martelli, 2,752,653 kilos and in Tafí Viejo, in Tucumán, 2,269,078 kilos. The same presentation casts doubt on the destination of “the disbursements corresponding to the UNDP Project ARG/20/2004 Community Approach to the Argentine National Plan Against Hunger”, a United Nations program. “It seems,” he says, “they are used for any purpose other than that provided for in the standard.” The prosecution, which took several steps in the investigation, is analyzing how to continue.

The legal case for the alleged non-existent dining rooms, which is the counterattack that Pettovello’s ministry boasts of, is being instructed by prosecutor Ramiro González. The complaint was made based on a survey by the Undersecretary of Social Policies on soup kitchens that appear pre-registered in RENACOM since January 7 of this year. The survey was carried out between February 7 and April 19. That is, everything is taken in a period in which the canteens had already stopped receiving food. But the conclusion is that they could not relieve 47.5 percent of dining rooms and picnic areas.

The work stated that the homes do not function as dining rooms, or the homes do not coincide. The organizations tired of explaining that in some cases they had to close, or that they can no longer provide food every day, or that it is not unusual for them to move. But the campaign is so strong that they had to go out and show themselves, as they did on Thursday in front of Capital Humano, or as in the video published by former deputy Leo Grosso in dining rooms in San Martín. It is not ruled out that some pre-registered dining room/snack area does not exist, but the “audit” on RENACOM is not useful to know if someone received food in their name. The registry is only a map of these spaces of social organizations that — in addition — require approval. It does not show who receives food from this or that program.

When the legal undersecretary Leila Gianni went to make the complaint, she did not bring any documentation and replied that she did not know the subject in detail. For Tuesday, Héctor Calvente, the undersecretary who did what they call an audit, is summoned as a witness. With these causes and this work, the Government wants to justify that it cut off the delivery of food.

“Make an anti-homelessness protocol”

“The food rots in the warehouses of Capital Humano while a hundred meters away Argentine families go hungry,” Grabois had headed his post in “X” on Thursday, when the news broke. “These reverend sons of bitches who never did anything for anyone have two warehouses filled with more than 4 million kilos of food (…) they have the nerve to accuse all of us, without distinction, all of us who fight in the neighborhoods excluded for decades, from accusing us of being thieves with trout audits while they rob an entire country, while they rob the elderly, the workers, the families without bread, the school cafeterias, while they have the food in cannutatos”, said part of the extensive text he published. “Make an anti-homelessness protocol and comply with it until the crime of hunger stops. But do something if you don’t like our pots, feed them…”

After de la Torre’s publication, Grabois said he would not answer “the hyenas” and would only make one last attempt with “the lion.” “I always complained to him about the dining rooms. He always told me that he was busy. Then we didn’t talk anymore. There is no one to talk to. You know that I neither lie nor steal nor am I a coup plotter. (…) We only ask that the food arrive to the people in need and it is not arriving with soup kitchens, nor with vouchers, nor with food cards. You promised that the food would not be missing. It is an objective fact of reality,” he published this Friday.

Adorni spoke on the subject again. “There is a series of foods in warehouses that were purchased in the previous administration,” she admitted again but added that “thank goodness they had not been distributed because they had no traceability.” In any case, and although not giving food to those who do not have enough to eat is a crime, they will look for a way to blame “Kirchnerism” – as they like to call it – and the poor, even more so if they are organized and forge ties of solidarity.

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