Coping through the pandemic has been challenging for all of us, but especially for vulnerable families, where the economic dislocation and impact have been so severe. In partnership with Food for the Poor Jamaica, we recently sent much-needed care packages to the families of more than 200 primary school students in Clarendon and Old Harbour. Delivered just in time for the long Easter weekend, the care packages included rice, flour, cornmeal, buns, cheese, beans, sausages, and oil, as well as toothpaste, toilet paper, bar soap, sanitizer, and face masks.
The parents’ sense of relief and gratitude was overwhelming.
“I don’t even know what is in the bags yet, but look how much stuff I get,” said Tracey-Ann Campbell, a household helper whose third-grade son attends Old Harbour Bay Primary. “Now with the children at home since schools closed, it’s been even harder. I’m so grateful, you wouldn’t even know. Thank you, thank you so much. Keep up the good work.”