Scores of Barbadians will profit from the Vincy/Bim Food Market initiative of two corporations here and Vincentian farmers who’ve provided greater than $10 000 price of fruits, vegetables, and other ground provisions for people in need.
Through the handover of the produce to the Ministry of Elder Affairs and People Empowerment and the Kiwanis Club of Barbados North on Wednesday, CariGro Services Inc. and Multinational Wholesalers said they wanted to have interaction in a give back initiative to assist Barbadians grappling with the high cost of living.
“We recognised that there have been some families in need and we’ve got taken a few of our items we’ve got on the market from the region and internationally . . . . We understand that this can be a trying time and we’re willing to assist and provides our support,” said Antonio Waterman, managing director of the Six Roads, St Philip based Multinational Wholesalers where the handover took place.
The produce includes bananas, avocados, onions, beets, kiwis, plantains, and yams.
Farmers from neighbouring St Vincent who’re a part of the initiative send produce to Barbados.
Director of CariGro Services Inc. Damian Bowen explained that the intention was to not undercut Barbadian farmers but to fill gaps in local production.
He said the concept originated as an answer to the challenges related to regional trade that were negatively impacting Vincentian farmers.
Minister of Elder Affairs and People Empowerment Kirk Humphrey and the chairperson of the Kiwanis Club of Barbados North community services committee Emmerson Beckles expressed gratitude for the donation.
Humphrey encouraged other businesses to have interaction in similar acts of kindness to help people in these hard economic times.
He added that his ministry would soon be launching a programme during which it might partner with families and businesses to help less fortunate households with meals.
Beckles, meantime, said his organisation normally distributes hampers to residents in his district and the donated produce could be among the many items utilized in the following batch of packages. (SZB)