D&G's gift to Food For the Poor
Foundation comes up with $3.8-million donation
Following reintroductions and laughter-filled conversations, the D&G Foundation and Food For The Poor Jamaica teams gather for a photo-op. The cheque handover occurred on Thursday, July 27, at Food For The Poor Jamaica headquarters. From left: FFPJ Marketing Assistant Kadian Tinker; D&G Foundation Accountant Dennis Beckford; FFPJ Executive Director Craig Moss-Solomon; FFPJ Construction Services Coordinator; FFPJ Marketing & Development Manager Marsha Burrell-Rose; and D&G Foundation Administrator Totlyn Brown-Robb.

THE Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) Foundation has expanded a years-long partnership with Food For The Poor Jamaica (FFPJ) through a donation on Thursday, July 27 of $3.8 million to the charity's Build Back The Love for Jamaica campaign.

The contribution will enable the construction of five housing solutions for those in need.

"Our partnership with Food For The Poor was created over five years ago and has been successful. Through our Growing With Communities Programme we strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the less fortunate, fostering hope and empowerment in the communities we serve. Joining forces with FFPJ has allowed us to do just that as we've combined resources and positively impacted numerous communities islandwide. Ours is a partnership we appreciated, and look forward to its continuation," said D&G Foundation accountant Dennis Beckford.

Food For The Poor will select three beneficiaries of the five solutions, and the remaining two will be chosen by the D&G Foundation, further enriching the foundation's Growing With Communities Programme.

D&G Foundation officials join their FFPJ partners in laughter as they rewrite the figure on the symbolic cheque. The D&G Foundation handed over a cheque exceeding $3.8 million to Food For the Poor Jamaica on Thursday, July 27.

FFPJ Executive Director Craig Moss-Solomon shared his appreciation for the partnership with the D&G Foundation and how the relationship continues to impact the most vulnerable Jamaicans.

"On behalf of the people that we serve and the whole organisation of Food For the Poor Jamaica, I sincerely thank the D&G Foundation for this wonderful donation. This money will create a new life for the selected families by providing them with homes — something that will give them some safety and a well-deserved place to live."

The partnership began in 2017 with the foundation's donation of over $4.6 million, which was utilised for the construction of 10 new housing solutions for those in need within communities where the Project Grow cassava farm operates.

In continuation of the support the foundation assisted with the construction of another house under the charity's Farm To Table initiative in 2019. This most recent donation, exceeding $4.8 million, will create five additional houses.

D&G Foundation Accountant Dennis Beckford (right) greets FFPJ Executive Director Craig Moss-Solomon before the official cheque handover, which was hosted at Food For the Poor Jamaica Headquarters on Thursday, July 27.

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