JIS News

In observation of World Food Day, Thursday, October 16, the Ministry of Land and Environment and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), will donate tinned food items to the Best Care Children’s Home.
The presentation will take place on that day at the home, located at 11 Trevennion Road, in the Cross Roads area, at 10:00 a.m.
In an interview with JIS News, Paula Johnson, the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer said that the presentation “is a demonstration of our corporate social responsibility to the community in which we work, and our concern for the social as well as the natural environment”.
The tin food drive would continue until Christmas, at which time another donation would be made to the Children’s Home, noted Miss Johnson. At that time, in another gesture of goodwill, the home will be adopted by both NEPA and the Ministry.
A Christmas party will also be held for the home’s children by both organisations, which are located in the Cross Roads area as well.
The Best Care Children’s Home was established in 1984 to care for mentally and physically challenged children. Currently, it cares for 40 such young persons, 90 per cent of whom are wards of the state.
World Food Day was initiated in 1979 by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), with the objective of “heightening public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world; and encouraging attention to agricultural food production, while stimulating national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end”.
Local activities for World Food Day are spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the local branch of the FAO.
This year, the day will be observed under the theme: ‘International Alliance Against Hunger’.

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