Two charities, the BVI Hands-Free and Women In Need are teaming up to restock the Family Support Network’s (FSN) pantry.
Lead organiser, Alexandra Durante of BVI Hands-Free, told BVI News on Thursday that the initiative was borne out of the current needs brought on by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in addition to the hurricane season.
The virus has affected jobs across the territory as the entire world grapples with the impact. As it relates to hurricanes, forecasters are already predicting an active season for 2020.
She said they would be targeting each electoral district once per month at public parking lots in the respective local communities.
The first food drive will commence in the First District this Saturday and will be located at the Carrot Bay Community Centre Parking Lot and the R&R Malone Complex.
They will also be at the Enis Adams Primary School and at Myetts, Cane Garden Bay in the Second District.
“People can just drive by and drop off their goods, and we will deliver it to FSN on Saturday afternoon. So instead of asking people for money and to buy stuff, just look in your pantry. I think it’s just easier for people to just get what they already have instead of buying what they don’t have. Even if it’s a couple cans, it goes a long way,” Durante said.
She continued: “And if you cannot come to us on that day, we can actually come to your house to pick it up. We know it’s hurting season and we are trying to help FSN and I think this is the best way to do it to make sure their pantries are filled during the hurricane season and God forbid just in case something happens.”
The drive will commence from 10 am until 2 pm.
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