The Lions Club of Grand Cayman’s food pantry drive on Saturday was the first in a long-term initiative the club is fostering to address community needs.
“We are extremely pleased and grateful for the positive response to the launch of the Food Pantry program,” said Letitia Lawrence, chairwoman of the club’s Social Service Committee.
“The items collected will be used to provide benefit to the community, in particular to the needs of the youth and the elderly.
”Donations for the food drive ranged from one can of food to entire bags of items to a supermarket warehouse contribution,” said Ms. Lawrence. “The important message here is that every one of us can make a difference to eliminate hunger in our community.”
Collection barrels for the drive were donated by Cayman Water Company, and many of Cayman’s grocery and household stores helped out, including Kirk Market, Hurley’s Supermarket, Priced Right and Foster’s Food Fair.
The long-term program will collect and store food and household products for free distribution to people who have been identified and assessed by local churches, schools and government agencies and are deemed to be in genuine need, the organization said in a statement.
The Lions said they will conduct quarterly food pantry drives, in addition to collecting contributions from vendors.
For more information on the program, email [email protected]