Rollington Town SDA Church Partners to Feed More than 50 Families During EJC Week of Generosity and Kindness
Written by: Deonne Anderson | Friday, November 8, 2019
There was an abundance of plantains, pak choi, yam, rice, flour and other provisions at the Feed the People initiative coordinated by Justice of the Peace, Natoya Anderson, through the Anderson and Partners Foundation in collaboration with the Rollington Town Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church Community Services Department on Sunday, October 13, 2019, on the church grounds.
Volunteers from the community, church, Rural Agricultural Development Agency (RADA) and Kingston municipality, including Natoya Anderson and her team, registered and packed grocery bags for more than 50 families from the Rollington Town community.
The event got underway at 1:00 p.m. and continued running smoothly until the last family had collected foodstuff, long after the scheduled end time of 3:30 p.m. At the end of the event, 250 persons from more than 50 families who attended, as well as 28 shut-ins, were provided with a variety of food items.
Ms. Anderson, who conceptualized the initiative, said that the plan to feed the people came to her in a dream and in acting on it, she
contacted several institutions in the Rollington Town community to find families whom she could help.
In addition to contacting the police and fire department, the church, she said, was a logical part of the process if she wanted to engage as many persons as possible. Kaydean Murray Hutton, Community Services Director at the Rollington Town SDA church, in explaining why the department jumped at the partnership, said simply, “This is what community services is about".
Community members, too, were grateful for the initiative. One community member in expressing her thanks said “I’m very grateful for this, it provided well-needed items for me and my daughter. Everything went smoothly and quickly today”.
Each family was provided with two pak choi plants which, if nurtured properly, would provide them with the vegetables in six weeks, an act which Ms. Anderson said is trying to allow families to provide for themselves.
The Feed the People initiative was conducted as a part of the Week of Generosity and Kindness celebrated throughout the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists during the month of October.
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