PRESS RELEASE – Feed The Poor Ministries, the community outreach initiative founded and run by city vendor Gaspard Henry, has once again received the support of Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications service provider, LIME.
The programme was started in 2006, with the aim of preparing and distributing hot meals to indigent, homeless, mentally ill and sick and shut-in persons in the city of Castries. Gaspard started with $500, and was able to provide just 15 meals. Now, with the assistance of corporate entities like LIME, he feeds literally scores of individuals at least three times a week.
“LIME has been supporting Gaspard’s work for several years now, and we are proud of what he as been able to achieve,” says LIME Corporate Communications Executive, Terry Finisterre.
“As a company and as colleagues at LIME, we are all part of the fabric of this society, and it’s absolutely crucial that we all come together to do what we can to help the most vulnerable of our citizens. Most of the people Gaspard interacts with through Feed The Poor aren’t necessarily customers of ours, but they are our fellow Saint Lucians, and that’s enough for us to do our part to help them get by.
“As a company that has operated in Saint Lucia for over 100 years,” Terry continued, “LIME has a duty to be a good corporate citizen. We are very proud to support initiatives like Feed The Poor, the Community Grooming Project being run by Cutty Ranks, and of course the upcoming National Community Foundation Telethon. All of these serve a vital role in our society; we know that Government and even families cannot always do it alone, and when we give, we don’t just do so on behalf of the company, but on behalf of all of our colleagues and customers. We are proud to play our part.”
“I’m very grateful for the demonstration not only of faith in what I am doing, but also the show of community spirit and the spirit of giving from LIME,” said Gaspard. “Without companies like LIME, there’s no other way to say it, Feed The Poor Ministries would not exist. I know there are others doign their bit as well, and we all just have to do the best we can to make things better for those who cannot help themselves. You never know, sometimes that little boost is all somebody needs to get back on their feet!”
Last Christmas, LIME backed the philanthropic efforts of the Feed the Poor Ministries at its annual meal drive in the heart of the city, as part of the Share The Cheer Christmas campaign. The company helped coordinate the volunteer organization’s efforts to bring relief to over 100 less fortunate citizens by treating them to a three-course meal at the Derek Walcott Square.
LIME also doled out over 250 lunch bags, mugs and durable, segmented plastic food containers, complete with reusable plastic cutlery, for the use of the meal programme’s beneficiaries. Feed The Poor operates from Constitution Park in the heart of Castries every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.