UK backed charity helping to feed thousands in one of world’s biggest countries 

By Jill Dando News 

A UK backed Brazilian charity is aiming to solve the problem of food shortages in one of the world’s biggest countries. 

Brazil is the fifth biggest country on Earth in terms of its area and the sixth biggest when it comes to population. 

It is home to many of the world’s best footballers, writers and entrepreneurs but also has some of the poorest people in the world. 

Trying to tackle food shortages and poverty amongst the population is a charity called Associacao Tio Cleobaldo, that works across the city of Goiania. 

Oli with 80 year old Cleobaldo

It is funded solely by donations and run by volunteers and feeds over two thousand people each week. 

Oli Ballard of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, who went to Worle Community School Academy where Jill Dando was a student was recently in the city, volunteering for the charity. 

He says: ‘You see the difference the charity makes and I was lucky to get a 360 view of how they make the food, package it and then deliver it straight to people that need it most. 

“Many of the people receiving the food are working or have become disadvantaged. 

“A small amount of money, even a couple of pounds makes such a differnece.’ 

The owner of the charity is 80 year old Cleobaldo and he says: ‘Whatever money we receive goes straight to the kitchen and making the meals which are changing people’s lives.’ 

You can donate to the charity by sending an email to, who will then provide you with the details of the organisation.