The Sandy Lane Charitable Trust (SLCT) has donated $1.5 million worth of grocery vouchers to help families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Barbados.
The vouchers were presented by Philippa Challis, SLCT’s board trustee at a brief ceremony held at Illaro Court, the official residence of the prime minister yesterday.
“In order to support the nation through this critical time, we have established the SLCT Feed a Family Programme. 1.5 million dollars’ worth of supermarket food vouchers is to be issued. These will be distributed in the next six weeks, through the 30 constituency offices, to those families in most need, with a potential $1.5 million top up if needed, that would bring the total to $3 million in three months,” said Challis.
The vouchers will be disbursed in three bi-weekly installments to families with at least one child under the age of 18 resident commencing next week. The groceries which will not include alcohol and tobacco can be purchased at eight selected supermarket chains.
In the last 15 years, the SLCT has raised about $60 million to help underprivileged children in Barbados in areas such as educational, medical, or community-based initiatives. The SLCT has also provided financial assistance to other smaller charities for COVID-19 relief projects and continues to support the work of its long-standing philanthropic partners to respond to the crisis through various programmes.