Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Nestle Foundation supports COVID-19 response efforts

Member of Parliament for St Andrew East Rural, Juliet Holness 
(right ) accepts a donation from Nestle Garfene Grandison, General Manager at Nestle Jamaica Health and Wellness Foundation for residents of Bull Bay in eastern St Andrew.

Member of Parliament for St Andrew East Rural, Juliet Holness (right ) accepts a donation from Nestle Garfene Grandison, General Manager at Nestle Jamaica Health and Wellness Foundation for residents of Bull Bay in eastern St Andrew.

As the country continues to grapple with a number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a number of private sector entities are stepping up and showing support in the response effort to help citizens that are being impacted.

Nestle Jamaica, through its Health and Wellness Foundation, is among the companies offering much-needed assistance to help with the government’s response effort by providing care packages to residents in the communities that have been affected by the quarantine order by the Government, in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

The Bull Bay area in East Rural St. Andrew is one such community that was impacted. The community had seen limited movement among residents as a result of a mandatory quarantine, which was lifted last Saturday. 

The community last Thursday received a generous donation from Nestle Jamaica with numerous food and beverage items handed over. 

Nestle has also made several other donations, since the COVID-19 outbreak, to help various groups of vulnerable citizens.

These donations were made to Ministry of Labour and Social; Maxfield Park Children’s Home and Restaurant Associates – assist with meals for students on the PATH Programme.

In handing over the packages to Member of Parliament for the area, Juliet Holness; General Manager for Nestle Jamaica Health and Wellness Foundation, Garfene Grandison, shared that the MP reached out to Nestle for support, and as a socially responsible company that cares about the community and believes in giving back; he said that this was a natural response to a call for assistance.

Garfene Grandison, General Manager at Nestle Jamaica Health and Wellness Foundation greets Member of Parliament for the Bull Bay area, Juliet Holness.

“It is a challenging time for our country; we are going through a crisis and there are some persons who are significantly affected; and with our main focus being on the health and wellness of our consumers, we at Nestle want to play our part in ensuring that those persons, especially the most vulnerable who are being quarantined and unable to access food, are able to have healthy and nutritious meals to get them through this period”, Grandison said.

In receiving the items on behalf of her constituents, Holness expressed gratitude to Nestle for stepping up as a private sector organisation and helping in the COVID-19 efforts; she noted that the items will certainly go a far way in assisting residents of the community.

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