The students at Luther Thorne Memorial Primary School donated two hampers to the HIV Food Bank as a part of its celebrations for World Food Day and as a way to give back to the community.
Principal of the Collymore Rock learning institution Debbie Bovell said that as the theme for World Food Day 2018 is Our Actions Are Our Future, she wanted to ensure that the school helped to ensure that there is zero hunger for persons living with HIV.
“We want, whether you are six, 16 or 66, that we are known as generous persons who are happy. We want to make a difference for those living with HIV in Barbados. Zero hunger means working together [so] everyone everywhere has access to safe and nutritious food,” Bovell told Barbados TODAY. She added that the school will be making another donation before the end of the term.
The organizer of the donation, Dawn Hyland-Lokey, said the idea for students to donate to the food bank came when she heard the passionate appeal for food items on the radio.
“When I was coming to work, I heard the plea for assistance saying that the HIV food bank was low on food. So, I approached the principal and asked her if we could take on this initiative to make this donation,” Hyland-Lokey said.
Community Nutrition Officer of the HIV Food Bank Stacia Whittaker said the donation was needed as many do not have the means to have a nutritious meal every day.
“Principal, faculty, staff, students, and parents I want to say thank you for this initiative, for answering the call towards providing food assistance to those living with HIV. We know it is often associated with stigma and discrimination; so for you to come this far and really go out there and encourage your parents to allow you to make a donation such as this means a lot to me and those recipients that will receive those donations,” Whittaker said, adding that no matter how big or small an individual’s donation was, it will make a difference.
“At the food bank we provide food for those who don’t have much or the means to have enough to eat on a daily basis. Know that your donation, no matter what it was, means a lot to those who will receive it,” she said. (LG)