JAM | Jul 10, 2024

Food For The Poor mobilising massive international post-Beryl relief effort

/ Our Today

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Food for the Poor (Jamaica) personnel organising humanitarian relief for distribution across the island this week after the passage of Hurricane Beryl. (Photo: Contributed)

Food For The Poor team members, along with a host of volunteers have to date given out close to 1,000 individual care packages, in addition to bulk items that have been dispatched to relief coordination centres and agencies across the island.

The packages include food and water, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, blankets, mattresses, water boots, radio flashlights, and other items. These have gone to nearly all parishes island-wide, including the hardest-hit areas of St. Elizabeth, Manchester, and Clarendon.

Additionally, food and hygiene supplies were pre-positioned at the charity’s 32 distribution centres across the island, enabling those partners to provide immediate relief following the passage of Hurricane Beryl.

Through the efforts of Food For The Poor (FFTP) Jamaica, Food For The Poor Inc., and Food For The Poor Canada, several Jamaican and international corporate and relief entities have contributed to the relief effort.

Andrew Mahfood, chairman of Food For The Poor Jamaica was unsparing in his praise for the FFTP teams.

“I am so grateful and heartened by the immediate, timely, and cohesive response by our Food For The Poor family in this time of great need,” he said. “The fantastic teamwork is enabling us to deliver maximum aid and support to those who need it, and the response is also encouraging other corporations and relief organizations to add their support with great confidence. I salute every member of our team and all the volunteers and donors.”

Andrew Mahfood, chairman of Food For The Poor Jamaica. (Photo: Contributed)

As a member of the National Humanitarian Assistance Committee, FFTP Jamaica has also been integral in the strategic planning and coordination of relief efforts as part of the national response.

Persons wishing to get involved can assist by making cash donations or by dropping off/donating non-perishable items, building materials, and bottled water at FFTP’s Spanish Town office in St. Catherine.

Interested parties may also contact Food For The Poor Jamaica via its WhatsApp hotline at 876-517-0548 or email [email protected].


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