Monday 21 September, 2020

10 houses donated to Food For The Poor’s ‘Tan A Yuh Yaad’ campaign

A cheque to the full value of 10 homes is exchanged by (left to right) 
Marsha Burrell-Rose, Food for the Poor’s Development and Marketing Manager, Christine Scott-Brown (National Baking Foundation CEO) and Kivette Silvera of Food for the Poor.

A cheque to the full value of 10 homes is exchanged by (left to right) Marsha Burrell-Rose, Food for the Poor’s Development and Marketing Manager, Christine Scott-Brown (National Baking Foundation CEO) and Kivette Silvera of Food for the Poor.

The National Baking Company Foundation (NBCF), in partnership with Food for the Poor (FFP), will provide houses for 10 needy families amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This donation is in response to the number of vulnerable Jamaicans who range from the homeless to those having been displaced or forced into overcrowded living arrangements for various reasons. These situations have made it harder for family units to practise social distancing or even stay at home as recommended.

These 10 homes will provide essential shelter and they will be also equipped with water storage tanks - necessary for proper sustainable hygiene and sanitation to help combat this virus.

“The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the challenges faced by many families so it was a no-brainer for us to give a helping hand, making it easier for hard-pressed families to quarantine at this time. Also, we understand that a home is where many persons turn to find solace during challenging times such as the one we are facing so we hope that the families can now quarantine comfortably,” expressed Christine Scott-Brown, Executive Director of the National Baking Company Foundation.

CEO National Baking Foundation, Christine Scott Brown hands over the keys to a newly built home to a recipient of a 2018 construction project.

FFP‘s Housing Relief Fund is usually supported by the proceeds from its annual 5k run-walk. Unfortunately, this year the 5K was cancelled because of COVID-19 restrictions.

“Over the years, so many lives have been impacted by this partnership because this company stands ready to respond to the call for action.  Additionally, we know Food For The Poor’s life-changing and far-reaching impact cannot be accomplished without all our donors. National Baking Company has certainly contributed significantly to our mandate especially during this outbreak when aid is needed now more than ever,” expressed Marsha Burrell-Rose, FFP’s Development and Marketing Manager.

The bakery’s foundation regrets not being able to physically help build these homes as is customary. However, in keeping with the health and safety guidelines set forth by the Ministry, NBCF will hand over the keys to recipients once construction is completed.

NBCF remains committed in its efforts to assist the less fortunate and we invite other companies who are focused on nation building to lend a helping hand to persons experiencing hardships at this time.

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