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sayulita free food drive

This group is offering free food to everyone in Sayulita

Sayulita Insider began with a town. A Pueblo Mágico on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. It is a beach destination like many others with lush rainforest jungles, picturesque beaches, and surf waves, but what truly makes Sayulita special is the people. From all around the world, people have made Sayulita their own, and formed a conscious community of people who help one another and do their best to preserve the natural beauty of this place we call home. Our first video aired during a full-town lockdown as a contingency plan to confront the Coronavirus pandemic and featured a group of women who organized an effort to offer free food to anyone who needed it. As a town whose economy is nearly totally reliant on tourism for its income, the worldwide stay-home orders and halt on global travel, Sayulita has been particularly hard-hit by international quarantines.

As Mónika Ortega, one of the organizers of the free food initiative noted, “In Sayulita, we live day-to-day, and none of us have a steady income. It’s our responsibility to take care of one another.” Over 20 volunteers have since joined the effort, buying and donating food, cooking, and serving meals to hundreds of people five days a week.

The food service runs from 2pm to about 3pm, or until the food is gone, from Monday to Friday, and it has even inspired a couple other local restaurants to participate, offering free food to supplement the food on offer at the drive.

With bars and restaurants shuttered for the pandemic, many bartenders and other hospitality staff have joined the effort, working to feed the many hungry mouths waiting in line for the day’s fare. Donations of food and cash are accepted at the drive, and some generous fishers share their day’s catch with the team.

Sayulita free food drive update

Sayulita is open again which means more people in the community are back to work – yipee! The Sayulita free food drive will end this September. It run from May 2020 and we want to thank Monika and the rest of the crew for their service and unconditional love they have given to the pueblo. It really is amazing to be part of this wonderful community!

Watch our Sayulita free food drive video on Youtube!

Trisha is the Executive Producer at Sayulita Insider. She is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak, and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. Trisha is an ambassador of Girl Rising, a global movement for girls' education and empowerment. In no particular order, her favorite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, and Tel Aviv. Follow her life adventures on Instagram: @psimonmyway


  1. Ann

    What a fantastic initiative! More groups should follow the trend of helping those in need. It’s always fun to read about groups that really make a difference, thank you for sharing!

  2. Agnes

    I would love to visit Sualita, as I love beach destination with lush rainforest jungles, picturesque beaches, and surf waves. It seems to be a perfect destination for holidays after the pandemic. And it’s fantastic that the locals are so friendly and helpful. The free food program is awe-inspiring! Wonderful initiative in these hard times.

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