The Zero Hunger Trust Fund (ZHTF), has received a monetary contribution from the East Caribbean Group of Companies(ECGC) towards the Schools Feeding Programme. And the Campden Park based company came in for accolades from ZNTF during the hand over ceremony on January 26, a release from ECGC states.
The donation was made from the ECGC Fund called “beacon of hope” whose mission is to eradicate hunger.
An official from the ZHTF, Rekah Gooding said that with the donation, the entity has been able to continue implementing its resilient School Feeding Programme which spans 12 schools from the most vulnerable communities across St. Vincent and the Grenadines, feeding 50% – 100% of the schools’ population daily.
Gooding highlighted that the school feeding programme ensures that approximately 1,600 students have access to at least one safe and nutritious meal daily, thus contributing to improved nutrition, enhanced concentration, academic performance, and increased school attendance.
This handing over ceremony marked the culmination of an ECGC initiative to excite its customers and consumers toward cooking with ECGC’s CariGold brand of flour products. It saw the company organizing a cook-off competition wherein ECGC joined forces with other entities to bring it to fruition.
The ECGC Culinary Cook-off involved the exclusive use of CariGold Flour to raise awareness about the brand and spur creativity using the range of speciality flour which included CariGold Rye, Multigrain, and Herb & Garlic- all produced by East Caribbean Flour Mills.
The ECGC team partnered with the Beauty Shows Committee of the Carnival Development Corporation (CDC), to support the further development of women in St. Vincent and the Grenadines through a collaboration designed to positively impact communities, reconfirming ECGC’s investment in enabling food security through availability, and improving the overall livelihood of children and people across St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
The Zero Hunger Trust Fund was selected by the winners of the Culinary Cook-off through beverages and grain portfolios for six months. The donations will be directed to the Fund’s resilient School Feeding Programme benefiting approximately 1,600 students on a monthly basis across St. Vincent and the Grenadines.