The Rotary Club of Grenada has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide at least two (2) weeks’ worth of food and other basic needs supplies to 300 vulnerable families across the island.
Last week Saturday morning, Rotaractors embarked on a journey throughout various communities across the island to personally distribute the hampers to families identified as the most vulnerable in society.
According to Director of Community Service Projects of the Rotary Club of Grenada, Otis Wade, a total of 175 hampers were specifically packaged based on the needs of the members of each family, which in some cases included more than five persons in a household.
“We tried to be specific in our approach to address the needs of the individuals…we weren’t able to do it in every case but we tried to gather that data in advance so that the hampers are meaningful…,” he said.
“…One of the things we wanted to do was to make sure that persons who we are giving food have at least two weeks’ worth of food, rather than a few days,” he added.
In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY, just before their departure from the distribution facility in True Blue, St. George, Wade indicated, “We reached out to various community leaders, (such as) priests (and) pastors (to identify) who are their most vulnerable (and) weak, have a myriad of elderly persons, disabled persons who are also unemployed or underemployed…”
“…Honestly, the lion’s share of our recipients today just fit under the category of unemployed and single parent/guardian,” he said.
The Rotary Project Director expressed satisfaction that the members were able to carry out the food hamper drive inspite of the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With COVID-19, the lockdown (that came as a result and) a lot of things (including) the (food hamper drive) process was put on hold, so, I am glad that we were able to get to the point that in this Rotary year, which began on July 1, we were able to get it going,” he remarked.
The food hamper initiative is in keeping with one of the objectives of the Rotary Club of Grenada, to assist vulnerable individuals.
According to the newly elected President of The Rotary Club of Grenada, Henry Joseph, “It has been a pleasure partnering with the UNDP” on the food hamper initiative this year.
“We got this grant from the UNDP and we decided that the best thing to do was to purchase food hampers to distribute and we believe that it is going to persons who are extremely needy…so it is for Rotary a pleasure to do it because we are giving of our time freely…,” he said.
The initiative saw approximately US$30, 000 (EC$81, 000) worth of basic needs supplies being distributed within the parishes of St. David, St. Andrew, St. Patrick, St. Mark and St. John.
Additionally, plans are also on the way to do hamper distributions to vulnerable families within St. George and the sister isle of Carriacou at a later date.