Punta Mita Providing Food For Locals During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Encircled by 9.5 miles of the Pacific Coast are 17 communities, two world-class resorts, two Jack Nicklaus golf courses and one private club in the luxury resort and residential community of Punta Mita

Located in Mexico's Riviera Nayarit, the Punta Mita community has rallied to deploy relief efforts for its neighbors by providing food to thousands of people severely impacted.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, business closures, layoffs, furloughs and regulations have created the hard-working townspeople struggling with food shortages. Many are having to depart to their homes of origin and the community of Punta Mita wants them to come back. Once the community reopens, and after government restrictions are lifted, these individuals can thrive again in Punta Mita.

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In order to bring immediate relief and support to the community, PEACE Punta de Mita and Punta Mita Resort, a DINE property, have joined forces to proactively implement short and long term plans to address this crisis.

The PEACE staff has identified those at risk by name and family size, assuring that food supplies are to be directed to only those in need.

The PEACE staff and a group of local restauranteurs have identified families with over 200 children and 100 elderly at risk for not having access to daily food.

The immediate response plan has been the distribution of weekly filled grocery bags. The first delivery was at the end of March, with support from La Comer Supermarket's team, and distributed at senior centers in each town of Punta Mita. Local restaurants have also been engaged to support and are gearing up to provide prepared meals by certain zones. One meal, per individual, per day will be delivered, and outlying areas are serviced by the Punta Mita Food Truck mobile kitchen.

As the number of families needing assistance grows, the plan is to give priority to the unemployed families of children with a possible expansion to all 1,100 families, based on incoming donations, and the duration of the pandemic’s effect in Punta de Mita.

Additional PEACE efforts include the requested intercession of the Nayarit Governor to preclude the discontinuance of utilities in Punta de Mita.                                                                                                                                                                               

Photo courtesy of Punta Mita

When it is safe to travel again, the Punta Mita community needs guests to return, so these hard-working individuals can go back to work. As of today, the St. Regis Resort Punta Mita is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization’s statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. The resort is temporarily closed to follow guidelines from these agencies and the local health departments.

Due to the evolving situation, The Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort is also temporarily closed. They are following the local government requirements and will continue to monitor when they can reopen, but as of today, they are not taking reservations until June 1, 2020.

When they do re-open, vacation at one or both of these beautiful oceanfront resorts. Play golf on the two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses offering picturesque ocean-sided courses, and panoramic views of the Banderas Bay. Punta Mita will need guests to dine in the restaurants, enjoy the luxury spas, swim in the infinity pools and enjoy the heart and soul of the people who care about their community.

Jill Weinlein

Los Angeles based Jill Weinlein covers travel, food and lifestyle destinations for multiple newspapers, magazines and websites. Her areas of expertise include, luxury travel, culinary reviews, cruising and family travel destinations. Born in Los Angeles, Jill studied Communications and Theatre Arts at UCLA. She has a a Dine and Travel blog - and she writes a weekly restaur...(Read More)

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