Project Care held a food bank in the car park of the St James RC Church last Saturday, July 10 to help the communities of St James, Cocorite and environs.
Project Care is a group of citizens who have come together annually over the last 11 years to do their part to help the less fortunate among us. It traditionally executes its annual charity project in conjunction with the United Way National Day of Caring. Some of its past projects include:
· 2014 – Upgrade of the Cotton Tree Foundation hall and storeroom facilities.
· 2015 – Complete refurbishment of the main offices of The Breast Feeding Society of Trinidad and Tobago.
· 2016 – Complete upgrade of the entire facility of the Diego Martin Boys’ RC School.
· 2017 – Complete enhancement of the Cocorite Government Primary School.
· 2018 – The total transformation of the Ascension Anglican Primary School in Debe.
· 2019 – Complete upgrade of the Nelson Street Girls’ Primary School
Because of the generous donations of over 100 regular Project Care donors, Project Care was able to provide food to over 800 families.
Permission was sought and received from the Ministries of Health and National Security to hold the Food Bank and all Covid-19 protocols were observed. Port of Spain City Corporation lent support through the provision of additional security personnel.
All members of the public were required to wear masks, and hand-sanitizer was provided upon entry. The event went off very smoothly with fully vaccinated volunteers ensuring that the markings for social distancing were followed.
There were four rows of tables with a variety of grocery items set out under tents. Members of the public were given market bags upon entry and were ushered to one of the four rows of tables and allowed to select one of each food item as they made their way along with the tables of goods. Thereafter, persons were directed to exit straight out through the back gate, thus ensuring a smooth, one-way traffic flow and avoiding crowding.
With this system, 800 members of the public were served in just over two hours, with gates opening at 9 a.m. and the event ending at 11 a.m.
Project Care is grateful to Fr Emmanuel Pierre, the parish priest of St Mary’s RC Church, for partnering with us and for allowing us to host this food bank in his churchyard.