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“You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.”

Deuteronomy 15:11

As food security becomes a matter of urgency for many during the pandemic, the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) Trinidad and Tobago on July 17 launched the SVP National President’s Youth Food Basket 2021.

The project concept originated with a youth member and Tyrone Thomas, President of the SVP Santa Rosa Conference “as a means of providing fresh produce for our less fortunate families, who have grown accustomed to receiving dry goods in their food hampers, during the current pandemic,” a release from the SVP stated.

The project has two objectives: to engage youths directly in agricultural production and enable to have a stake in food security, while contributing to charitable needs within various communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

According to the release, “This project is also seen as a medium for attracting more young persons to become members and be involved in the mission of carrying out in action one of the main objectives of the Society of St Vincent de Paul –feeding the needy.”

The SVP has asked individual members and those already involved in planting to continue planting with “prayer, faith effort and determination”.  A few conferences including the St Joseph Conference, Scarborough got produce ready for the launch.