Food For The Poor Appeals for Local Donations to Assist Haiti Following Hurricane Matthew

October 6, 2016, Spanish Town, St. Catherine: In an effort to help the thousands of Haitians who were left devastated by the fury of Hurricane Matthew on Tuesday, charity organization, Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica is making a local appeal for Jamaicans to assist.  

According to a report from the United Nations, “the destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew has affected 350,000 Haitians and left the country facing its ‘largest humanitarian event’ since the devastating earthquake six years ago.” 

 

The Charity has advised that cash donations are the best way to help, so persons can donate at:

· http://www.foodforthepoor.org/hurricane using PayPal or

· Directly to NCB St. Jago Branch Account # 471043885 or

· Make cheques payable to Food For The Poor and drop off at our Head Office in Ellersie Pen, Spanish Town. Indicate “Haiti Relief” on the cheques. 

 

For those who would rather donate goods, the Charity is also facilitating and accepting the drop off of ONLY canned/non-perishable food items such as canned meats, canned fish, and canned milk.   

 

The locations for drop offs are as follows:

 

· FFP’s office/warehouse at Ellerslie Pen, Spanish Town, St. Catherine

· RJR Communications Group

· Stella Maris Catholic Church (8:30 – 4:30 Mondays to Fridays)

· Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church (8:30 – 4:30 Mondays to Fridays)

· The Roman Catholic Diocese of Montego Bay, 1 Fort Street, Montego Bay

· Bishop Boyle’s Outreach & Resource Centre, 66 Caledonia Road, Mandeville

· The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited

 

Persons interested in donating may also make donations through the following with canned food purchased in these supermarkets:

 

· All Shoppers Fair Supermarkets

· All Super Shoppers Fair Supermarkets

· All Hi-Lo Food Stores

· D & Y Supermarket (Savanna-la-Mar)

· All Progressive Foods Stores

· SuperValu Supermarket

· All Brooklyn Supermarkets

· John R. Wong Supermarket

· JR’s Bargain World (Linstead & May Pen)

· Loshusan Supermarket

 

“We invite everyone to rally around Haiti at this time as they go through yet another crisis. We can all remember how devastating the 2010 earthquake was…Hurricane Matthew, with its winds and rains, caused similar problems. At Food For The Poor, we want to play our part in providing some amount of relief for our less fortunate brothers and sisters in Haiti,” stated Executive Director of FFP, David Mair.  

 

He further added that, “unfortunately, we are not able to accept clothing and other kinds of donations…only canned foods. This will go a far way in the relief efforts so I encourage everyone to come on board.”

 

Already, the Charity has received a number of calls from persons interested in assisting and several companies have pledged their support.  

 

“We really want to say thanks to all the persons/companies who have already reached out to us as well as our partners who have agreed to become drop off points. This is what loving our neighbour is all about and it is greatly appreciated,” Mair said.

 

For further information, please contact 876-564-2444 (DIGICEL) OR 876-486-3002 (FLOW)

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