Caracas, Venezuela (CNN)The red brick slum trips down the hillsides of eastern Caracas, and stumbles to a halt at a highway that separates the poor from the rest of Venezuela’s capital.
Halfway down, in a makeshift church, about 30 children sit with their noses to the edge of wooden tables. Their eyes are fixed hard on plastic bowls, spoons gripped in tiny fists. The half-filled bowls of rice and beans are likely the only meal they’ll get that day.
This is a feeding center in Petare, a community where 750,000 Venezuelans live in abject poverty. It is operated by local charity Alimentare la Solidaridad Petare, part of a network that runs 65 other feeding centers in 10 states across Venezuela.