Saturday 4 July, 2020

Grace makes 'mighty' donation worth over $1m to university students

(L-R) Deidre Cousins,  Chair, GraceKennedy Foundation’s Healthy Lifestyles Committee; Caroline Mahfood, CEO, GK Foundation; Professor Colin Gyles, President of The University of Technology, Jamaica; Karen Willis-Mussington, Senior Brand Manager - Grace Beverages; Khalil Hutchinson, President, UTech’s Students’ Union; Kristina Hill, Marketing Intern - Grace Beverages, and Nicholas Bramwell, Assistant Global Category Manager - Grace Beverages.

(L-R) Deidre Cousins, Chair, GraceKennedy Foundation’s Healthy Lifestyles Committee; Caroline Mahfood, CEO, GK Foundation; Professor Colin Gyles, President of The University of Technology, Jamaica; Karen Willis-Mussington, Senior Brand Manager - Grace Beverages; Khalil Hutchinson, President, UTech’s Students’ Union; Kristina Hill, Marketing Intern - Grace Beverages, and Nicholas Bramwell, Assistant Global Category Manager - Grace Beverages.

Grace Foods, through the brand Grace Mighty Malt, recently made a donation worth over $1 million to benefit financially challenged students at The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona Campus and the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

The Grace Foods team made an initial donation of 120 care packages, as well as additional Grace beverage products to assist the students who remain on or near the two campuses who rely on financial aid. Each care package includes Grace Mighty Malt, other essential Grace Food products and a face mask.

Karen Willis-Mussington, Grace Foods’ Senior Brand Manager - Beverages, said, “During these challenging times brought about by COVID-19, Grace Foods wants to help those who are having a difficult time adjusting to the changes. University students who are unable to go home came readily to mind, as we understand how hard it must be for them to be separated from their families.  It must be equally hard for them to provide all the items they need to keep safe and healthy. We are hoping that our care packages will help to make this difficult time a bit easier for them.”

“This donation will go a long way in helping our students to cope, especially at this time that is most challenging for many of them. So, the timing could not be more perfect,” noted Professor Colin Gyles, UTech’s Acting President.

The care packages will be distributed to the students through the GK Campus Connect Food Bank, an initiative established as a part of GraceKennedy’s efforts to help reduce food insecurity for some of the most financially-challenged university students. Currently, the GraceKennedy Foundation operates two food banks, one at the UWI Mona and the other at UTech.

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