In Córdoba, the picketers say they have not received “anything” since December

In Córdoba, the picketers say they have not received “anything” since December
In Córdoba, the picketers say they have not received “anything” since December

Two of the main social organizations that manage soup kitchens and picnic areas in Córdoba claim that since December of last year, when Alberto Fernández’s government ended, the delivery of food by the national government was cut short.

“They sent merchandise to our organization from Buenos Aires monthly, but everything was cut off since Milei came to power. We had quantities assigned and they arrived regularly,” Emanuel Berardo, leader of the Polo Obrero in Córdoba, told La Voz.

Pablo Montes, a leader of the Evita Movement, raised a similar situation. “The situation is the same since the new government took office: zero attendance at the canteens.”

For these leaders, the situation that the Government has undistributed food is “inadmissible” in the midst of a social demand that, they assure, “does not stop” week after week.

Berardo assured that the cut in assistance has no distinctions and affects all organizations. He stated that both the feeders that depend on the Catholic Church and those that are managed by evangelical churches left the distribution system.

“The Province and the Municipality of Córdoba also received part of the food sent by the Nation, but everything has been undone since the arrival of (Sandra) Pettovello to the Ministry of Human Capital,” said Berardo.

The leader denied that a scheme existed in Córdoba that kept merchandise, as Minister Pettovello denounced. On the other hand, she said that the situation of soup kitchens is “diverse.” He spoke of a lot of “informality” and that there are places in the villages that do not even have a fixed address. “They are moving. There are people who ran out of food and are no longer in the places where they served food,” she stated.

Berardo spoke of a conversion of dining rooms to soup kitchens. And he said that it is a trend that is not only seen in the Polo Obrero. “The difference between a popular soup kitchen and a dining room is irregularity. In the dining room, people know that every day, or three times a week, he had a plate of food. Popular pots are irregular. You eat when there is merchandise and the organization can buy it or get hold of it,” the leader describes as a phenomenon of recent months.

Roxana Velázquez commands a community space of the Evita Movement in the San Roque neighborhood, in the Capital. And she says that they “never” had to live with a government like Milei’s. “They want to make us out to be criminals and we are not. Let them come audit us. Let him see the work we do. We have nothing to hide,” says the woman, who affirms that last year they were visited by officials from the then Ministry of Social Development of the Nation. “Since this government has been in place, no one has come to see what we do,” said Velázquez.

Berardo, on the other hand, claimed to be aware of two inspections carried out in Córdoba in recent weeks by personnel from the portfolio commanded by Pettovello.

“They cannot have food withheld with the need that exists among the people,” the Evita Movement complained.

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