Saturday 24 October, 2020

Angostura employees distribute $1M in hampers to families in need

Angostura employees pack hampers

Angostura employees pack hampers

Angostura employees distributed a million dollars worth of hampers within a three-day period to families who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On May 10, the Company announced that some its employees were embarking on a food drive after giving up their paid vacation entitlements to assist families in need.

The Company’s Management, Executives and the Board of Directors also financially donated to the food drive.

Employees created a pool of funds valued at one million dollars towards their initiative entitled “From Our Angostura Family To Yours”.

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In a statement on Thursday, Angostura said the employees sourced, ordered and purchased all the items themselves using the money they donated from their benefits.

It said they also packed all the boxes of hampers to be distributed to families.

Angostura noted that every employee was given the opportunity to select families across the country who need help and they personally delivered the hampers to them.

Hampers were also given out to several NGOs including the Loveuntil Foundation, Serving Women and Youth, as well as, National Family Services and bartenders.

Other groups collecting hampers were councillors from the Morvant/Laventille communities, the Inter-Agency Task Force and the North Eastern Division Community Policing Unit.

Each food hamper consisted of over 60 items including canned foods, dry goods, fresh produce, meats, dairy products, cleaning supplies and toiletries.

Angostura said many suppliers contributed to the employees’ food drive by donating additional items, and as a result, the employees were able to give families at least a month’s worth of groceries.

The Company thanked all the suppliers that supported its employees, either by donating items or by significantly reducing their prices, which it said increased the value of the hampers as its employees were able to include more items in each hamper.

It said the cost of each hamper would have doubled if the items were purchased on the retail market.

The employees who are represented by the Seamen and Waterfront Workers Trade Union said the food drive meant a lot to them because it was their way of giving back to those who need help at this difficult time.

President General of the SWWTU, Michael Annisette said the employees’ initiative to give up their vacation days to donate money towards the food drive and to personally pack all the hampers was a labour of love and an indication of the humility of the Angostura employees.

The employees’ initiative comes off the back of Angostura's hand sanitizer project in March.

Some 70,000 bottles of hand sanitizers were distributed to first responders, communities and businesses with frontline staff. 

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