Race for Hunger initiative gets boost from National Baking Company Foundation
Crystal Clark (centre) displays the keys for her new house, which was donated to her family through apartnership between the National Baking Company Foundation and Food for the Poor

The National Baking Company Foundation has again partnered with Food for the Poor to donate 11 houses in support of the virtual 'Race for Hunger' fund-raising efforts.

In 2020, the National Baking Company Foundation committed to, and delivered, 10 houses to 10 families who were previously experiencing deplorable living conditions.

This year, inspired by the stories of the recipients, the foundation pledged to construct an additional house.

“I am humbled and grateful for the partnership which has seen us constructing more than 35 homes over the years, impacting a great number of families. We are excited about adding even more homes with this year's commitment. It really shows the commitment by National to building our nation,” said Food for the Poor executive, Kivette Silvera.

In its unwavering dedication to alleviate the challenges faced by impoverished families across the island, Food for the Poor has transformed its annual fund-raising 5K Run/Walk into an international virtual event that has been active throughout the entire month of June.

Members of the National Baking Company Foundation will this year be involved in the construction of the houses and stand ready for the call to action, as they were unable to previously participate due to strict health and safety guidelines set by the Ministry of Health and Wellness because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“We firmly believe that it is our duty to serve Jamaicans most in need, especially when the pandemic continues to exacerbate the challenges many families face on a daily basis. We are pleased to have partnered with Food for the Poor to bring happiness to 11 new homeowners,” said Lauri-Ann Samuels, executive director of the National Baking Company Foundation.

The foundation has supported the Food for the Poor housing relief efforts for more than 10 years as part of its mandate to uplift communities across the island.

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