To combat hunger, Venezuelans in the U.S. ship food to relatives

by Andrea Castillo

Tere Caicedo, left, packs boxes with donated items at Olarte Transport, a private shipping company in Los Angeles. A total of 16 boxes were filled up with donated necessities, to be shipped to Caicedo’s brother, Jose, in Caracas, Venezuela. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Food prices in Venezuela have skyrocketed as production of oil, agriculture and cars has plummeted. Inflation since the beginning of the year has risen by more than 536%.  In response, individuals and groups are sending food and supplies.