The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) today received more than $30,000 worth of relief food supplies to further assist residents who were affected by the hurricanes in September.
The supplies were donated by OneMart and Miami-based goods supplier, Walton and Post Incorporated.
In a brief handing-over ceremony at the festival grounds in Road Town today, DDM Director Sharleen DaBreo vowed that the food supplies will be distributed in every district and to hurricane survivors who need it the most.
“I believe that it is timely because we do have a few people in the community who still need to have supplies and we will be reaching out to them and making sure that they get the assistance,” DaBreo said, adding that the DDM was grateful for the donation.
Distribution is slated to begin today in the communities that were “hardest hit” such as the Road Town, Huntums Ghut, Long Trench, Long Look, Beef Island, and Jost Van Dyke.
“The supplies will go to individuals [in these communities] that we now know will need to have a little more help to get them over the next few stumbling blocks; that will allow them to get some level of recovery going forward,” DaBreo said.
Meanwhile, Vice-president of OneMart Judith Vanterpool said the supermarket is proud to continue giving back to the BVI.
“Today we deliver a trailer of food goods from one of our suppliers, Walton and Post, and we do hope that this contribution will be well-received and used by the people of the Virgin Islands.”
The food store donated juices, corned flakes, canned peas, ravioli, fruit-flavoured snacks, and other foods to the DDM.