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Preparations ongoing at HIV Food Bank ahead of national pause Fri, 01/29/2021 – 8:00am By: Regina Selman Moore Officials at the Barbados HIV Food Bank are making preparations to ensure that their vulnerable clients can get the best nutrition needed for their diets, as the country gears up to take a national pause next week.
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In an interview with The Barbados Advocate yesterday, Food Bank Manager Stacia Whittaker noted that they received a lot of supplies last December, but lamented that donations are now slacking off and hence the need to make preparations ahead of the two-week nationwide pause, which will start from February 3.
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“For the most part, we are a food assistance organisation or department, however you want to see it. So really, to be quite honest, from the get go we look at emergencies, how best we can assist persons during times of emergencies and challenges, so to speak. So yes, given the pause, how things will be done from next week, we too would have to kind of work around those hours and times to assist our vulnerable clients,” Whittaker acknowledged.
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“With that said, we will try to sort out our supplies to have things ready. So our aim is that our clients can come and be processed quickly and move along just as fast, and we expect to do the same thing if persons continue to donate during that time, so there’s a very quick handover and no lingering for too long,” she added
“Again, we rely very heavily on the general public. So that is the only thing. We will have to see how that will impact our supplies here at the Food Bank. We will also see how referrals will go again, because last year we experienced a little increase in referrals and we did see a drop in our supplies or donations and that in itself is very challenging,” she said
Stating that officials at the Food Bank are conscious of the fact that there may be more people reaching out for assistance due to reduced incomes in the coming weeks, the Food Bank Manager expressed her hope that donations of food will still keep coming in, so they do not have to turn any one back
“It is something we can’t avoid. If people are probably not going to be working and they reach out to us, we can’t say, well don’t come. We can only say to persons please donate, and we can only hope that they will hear and that they will still come in, knowing that we are setting up all protocols as usual so that there will be a quick turn over. But we know that generally people are financially challenged, even those that want to donate, so we expect that we will go through the same song and dance as we did last year where we might see a drop [in supplies],” she asserted
“However, we had an awesome December as always, where people really reached out and we had some good contributions that really kept us through that month and for the most part of January as well. Yes, we’ve already started to see that slowing down as the time for giving has kind of expired, but to be quite honest, we are just going to do the best we can, as always.”