When families come together for their holiday meals, they shouldn’t have to worry about having enough food to feed the loved ones gathered around the table. That’s why we partnered with local non-government organization Food for the Poor in Jamaica to donate Christmas food hampers to 600 families on the government’s Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) initiative for the country’s most vulnerable residents.
The baskets were packed full of food supplies including a chicken, a Christmas cake, cooking oil, canned foods, rice, flour, cornmeal, peas, and milk products, plus personal care items including toothpaste, bath soap, toilet paper, and rubbing alcohol, and topped with a Christmas card wishing the families a happy holiday. The recipients live in and around Jamaican communities where we have facilities, such as Old Harbour Bay, the Port and Refinery Council in Hayes, and St. James. Nearly 60 percent of low-income Jamaicans in areas such as these have reported that they or someone in their household have experienced a job loss since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Jamaica in March, according to a recent Inter-American Development Bank survey.