Mayor asks residents to ‘share when you shop” / For those who can eas­i­ly buy food amid the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, there is a call to shop a lit­tle more for the less for­tu­nate when you vis­it the su­per­mar­kets.

The Point Fortin Bor­ough Cor­po­ra­tion placed bar­rels at sev­er­al su­per­mar­kets this week, ask­ing peo­ple to con­tribute non-per­ish­able food items.

Point Fortin May­or Saleema Thomas said these items would go to fam­i­lies af­fect­ed by the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic.

Thomas said the Bor­ough Coun­cil, through its So­cial Wel­fare Ser­vice Com­mit­tee, is ask­ing cus­tomers to “Share When You Shop.”

“We are kind­ly ask­ing peo­ple that while they shop in the gro­cery stores that they con­tribute es­sen­tial and non-per­ish­able items to our Com­mu­ni­ty Care Food Bank, and we will dis­trib­ute to those in need.”

Cus­tomers can look out for the red col­lec­tion drums, with the Point Fortin Bor­ough Cor­po­ra­tion lo­go at Massy Stores, Tang Hap’s Su­per­mar­ket, Per­sad’s Su­per­mar­ket, More Low, Peip­ings and M&V 1 Stop-Weekes Mi­ni Mart.

Thomas said this be­came nec­es­sary be­cause many fam­i­lies were ad­verse­ly af­fect­ed as COVID-19 forced peo­ple to stay at home.

She said the ini­tia­tive ex­pands the Coun­cil’s hu­man­i­tar­i­an dri­ve to as­sist fam­i­lies in need.

“We be­lieve that we should all be our broth­er’s keep­ers by com­ing to­geth­er. And see­ing oth­er com­mu­ni­ties do­ing sim­i­lar ini­tia­tives, the Point Fortin Bor­ough Coun­cil de­cid­ed this was one that we want­ed to pur­sue so that no one gets left be­hind.”

Thomas said peo­ple reached out to her of­fice, coun­cil­lors, and al­der­men, and they as­sist­ed through the var­i­ous gov­ern­ment grants.

She said that to­geth­er with Point Fortin MP Kennedy Richards Jr, they did oth­er ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing ham­per dis­tri­b­u­tions. She said there was no lim­it as they were hop­ing to reach every­one in need.

The Cor­po­ra­tion has a list of those fam­i­lies in need of help.

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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