Grace Foods, a division of GraceKennedy Limited (GKL), has launched an initiative to provide meals for distribution to security personnel working on the frontline to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Grace Foods will arrange for the daily provision of 100 meals, as well as beverages, for police officers working at the quarantine facilities at Corn Piece community in Hayes, Clarendon, as well as to officers assigned to some zones of special operation (ZOSOs) and states of emergency (SOE) zones under the initiative which began March 3.
Grace Foods will also provide 100 cases of beverages to Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) for distribution to soldiers who are also assisting with the COVID-19 containment measures at various locations.
“We’re doing what we can to show different sectors that we care, and that we will be able to weather the storm that is COVID-19, together.”– CEO of Grace Foods – Domestic, Frank James
CEO of Grace Foods – Domestic, Frank James, said “We owe a debt of gratitude to our essential workers. They are on the frontline every single day. They work long hours and it’s a tough job, and if we can help sustain them to get them through the day, then it’s the least we can do.”
James added that fresh local produce was being sourced from farmers through Grace Agro- Processors Division (GAP) for inclusion in the meals. “While we play or part assisting our security forces, we are also assisting the Jamaican farming community, who are experiencing hardships at this time. We’re doing what we can to show different sectors that we care, and that we will be able to weather the storm that is COVID-19, together,” he said.
The initiative is one of several implemented by the GraceKennedy Group to assist in alleviating current challenges. The Group has also provided products for care packages distributed to residents who were quarantined in the Seven- and Eight-Miles areas of Bull Bay, St Thomas and those living in the Corn Piece Settlement in Clarendon.
GraceKennedy also donated J$10M to the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica’s initiative to purchase ventilators for the island’s hospitals, and recently made available a 3D printer from its STEM Centre to assist in the production of 3D visors for healthcare workers.