Editorial for 7 October: Stealing food from mouths

 

Thievery is wrong and criminal.

Thievery from a charity like Meals on Wheels
is downright disgusting.

Between the time that the TE McField
Community Centre was locked up for the night on Wednesday and 6ish Thursday
morning, bandits broke into the centre, which is home to the Meals on Wheels
programme, and stole the one thing the charity needs most to keep its operation
going – food.

They made off with 60 pounds of chicken and
afternoon snacks for hungry children, as well as hot dogs, biscuits and juice.
They even stole the Ensure liquid nourishment that one of the charity’s clients
depends on daily because she cannot eat solid food.

These low lifes basically stole the food
out of the mouths of the 170 or so people who depend on a daily hot meal from
Meals on Wheels. These people, many of the indigent shut-ins and disadvantaged
members of our society, depend on the meals for survival.

We see a variety of crime on Grand Cayman –
all of it unsavoury – but we must say this act of thievery is the lowest of the
low.

Fortunately the thieves overlooked the food
that was ready to be served on Thursday, so the clients received their daily
portion.

But what about today? With an empty larder
how is Meals on Wheels supposed to feed those people in need throughout the
Island?

The charity already struggles as it is. It
needs $300,000 a year to feed the underprivileged on Grand Cayman, estimated to
be at around 700 people. Donations and fundraisers help, but it’s never enough.

Meals on Wheels survives by the grace of
God, Ms Beulah McField, her staff and the volunteers who show up each day to
help.

We’re sure that the good community Cayman
will rally around Meals on Wheels during this time of need. But we need to keep
Meals on Wheels uppermost in our minds throughout the year, not just during a
time of immediate need.

We hope that whoever stooped so low as to
steal food from the mouths of those with the most need among us is captured and
thoroughly prosecuted.

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