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Mexico City lauches first-ever soup kitchens

January 27, 2009 |  9:13 am

The growing economic crisis has prompted the Mexico City government to launch its first-ever soup kitchens for the city's multitude of poor citizens, who are finding it increasingly difficult to feed their families because of surging food prices.

Given Mexico's high level of endemic poverty, it is perhaps most surprising that the city government had not set up a feeding program before now. Traditionally, in the capital at least, most Mexicans, no matter how poor, managed to eat, though the meal might consist of little more than tortillas and a gruel-like soup. That may be changing, and organizers suggest the crisis will only deepen as food gets more expensive.

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-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City