How to help Cancun residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Remember the warm smiles and incredible hospitality you received the last time you vacationed in Mexico? The locals who made your vacation a possibility and made it a memorable one, need your help right now.

All across Cancun, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya, people are out of work due to the shutdown of the tourism industry. There’s no unemployment checks, no stimulus payments, and very little government support, if any. The reality is that many of these residents live check to check, and are now left helpless, running out of time and resources.

Since most of us are under travel restrictions, local help can be hard to come by. Luckly, below are some organizations with boots on the ground, currently helping local citizens of Quintana Roo & Yucatan. Please consider a donation to these organizations which will provide help to the locals in the form of some much needed supplies. If you know of any other organizations helping out, please comment below and I’ll update this list.

Rotary Club of Playa Del Carmen Seaside

The Rotary Club of Playa Del Carmen Seaside has started a feeding program to distribute food hampers to those most in need. Each hamper contains enough food to feed a family of four for a week for under US$10.

They’re providing essential food and supplies to at-risk families in the community as identified by the organizers of the schools, community centers and charitable organizations that they’ve been supporting for years with their feeding programs.

Seaside Rotary is made up of volunteers who donate their time. There are no overhead or administrative costs. Every dollar donated goes directly to helping those in need.

Tulum Food Bank Support

Tulum Food Bank Support is 100% funded by private individual donations and has zero administrative expenses. Meaning 100% of your donation goes directly to providing food and essentials to those in need.

Head over to their Facebook page if you want to see some of the work that they’re doing in the community.

Do you know of any other organizations or programs currently helping locals? If so, please comment below so that I can update this post.

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