Kingston, Jamaica – Wednesday, June 7, 2017: Since 2015, Rainforest Seafoods has been partnering with Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica. Inspired by that first experience, they have been supporting the annual Food for the Poor 5K and have jointly constructed over 20 houses.
Rainforest has deepened their commitment to the charity organisation by launching a campaign in April 2017 whereby $50 from each Rainforest product sold will be donated to FFP Jamaica’s housing projects. Through this campaign, Rainforest will be donating $1 million to build houses for citizens in need, as part of their $2 million contribution to the 2017 FFP 5K fundraising event.
In commenting on this partnership, Rainforest Chief Executive Officer, Brian Jardim noted the happiness that recipients of the houses built by FFP Jamaica express on receiving keys to their new homes.
“Having seen the joy of recipients and the efficiency of FFP in delivering housing units, we were inspired to continue our partnership. The entire Rainforest team is on board, as we all share in the mission of the organisation – changing lives and restoring Jamaican families,” stated Jardim.
Latoya Williams, a recipient of an FFP home, constructed in partnership with Rainforest in April 2016, shared “I am so grateful. I could not afford a house because I started out wrong in life and my parents couldn’t afford to give me a good education. When I was to do my CXC subjects, my mother said she couldn’t afford them. They had to send me home. After leaving schooI, I have to be selling and buying cookies and juices downtown. I made mistakes, but I want to better for my children – and this house is a start.”
Brian Jardim also thanked the Prime Minister for his recent affirmation of the great work of Food for the Poor. “This is an organisation that deserves everyone’s support,” said Jardim. “Their work and dedication speak volumes.”
Since their inception in 1983, FFP Jamaica has constructed over 42,000 houses for destitute families in the 14 parishes of the island. This demonstrates the dedication and commitment of their staff and management. The organisation has also distributed hundreds of container loads of necessary supplies to support infirmaries, ministries, church groups and other organisations with food, clothes, personal care items and equipment.