Angostura’s CEO (Ag.) Ian Forbes (third from left) with the Chairman of Chinapoo Police Youth Club, Eloy Burge (first from left), Central Division Support Officer of the TTPS Victim and Witness Support Unit, Dafina Tyson (second from left), Board Member of S.M.I.L.E Foundation, Afzal Khan (fourth from left) and CEO of Heroes Foundation, Lawrence Arjoon. Angostura ® donated over $350,000 in food vouchers to NGOs and schools to assist persons who are currently unemployed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Image courtesy Angostura)

Many families who have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic are breathing a little easier following a major donation of over $350,000 in food vouchers by Angostura®, who has partnered with several NGOs and schools to provide food relief to such families.

The NGOs and schools partnering with Angostura® in the initiative include: Loveuntil Foundation, Heroes Foundation, TTPS Victims and Witness Support Unit, Chinapoo Police Youth Club, Autistic Society, Servants of Society, SMILE Foundation, Single Mothers Association of T&T, Fanny Village Government Primary, North Oropouche Government Primary and Gasparillo Secondary schools.

Angostura® partnered with Xtra Foods and Persad’s ‘D’ Food King supermarkets to provide $500 vouchers per family. The food vouchers prohibit recipients from purchasing tobacco and alcohol. The name of each recipient is written on the vouchers, and all recipients are required to provide a form of identification when redeeming the vouchers at the supermarkets.

Angostura’s CEO (Ag.) Ian Forbes presents Chairman of the Loveuntil Foundation, Brian Jones with food vouchers for families in need in the Morvant/Laventille areas. Angostura ® donated over $350,000 in food vouchers to NGOs and schools to assist persons who are currently unemployed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Image courtesy Angostura)

Angostura’s Chief Executive Officer (Ag.) Ian Forbes says the company is delighted to have teamed up the supermarkets and the schools and NGOs on what he says is its chief Corporate Social Responsibility initiative for this year, especially in light of the reality of so many families being left without food on their table, because of the economic fallout from the deadly coronavirus.

“Angostura® is pleased to partner with over 20 NGOs and schools to deliver our premier 2021 CSR initiative. Many families are currently in need due to the impact of the pandemic on their lives. We at Angostura felt it was imperative to deliver food vouchers valued at $500 each to these families. Trinidad and Tobago, we will continue to support you in the fight to overcome this pandemic, we are resilient together,” Ian Forbes said.

Chairman of Loveuntil Foundation, Brian Jones expressed gratitude for the partnership with Angostura.

“Our organisation is so appreciative of these food vouchers which are desperately needed in the Laventille community and environs, where many persons lost their jobs and are single mother households. This initiative will go a long way in preventing kids from going to bed hungry for some time,” Brian Jones pointed out.

Chief Executive Officer of Heroes Foundation, Lawrence Arjoon, observed that initiatives such as these are crucial in these times.

“Angostura® has consistently helped and supported our response and relief efforts at the Heroes Foundation during this pandemic. We are again grateful for their commitment to families in need,” Lawrence Arjoon said.  “Initiatives like these reflect how private sector and civil society organisations can collaborate to have a meaningful impact, especially during this challenging period.”

Angostura’s CEO (Ag.) Ian Forbes presents Public Relations Officer of Aripo Heights Community Council, Harold Diaz with food vouchers for families in need. Angostura ® donated over $350,000 in food vouchers to NGOs and schools to assist persons who are currently unemployed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Image courtesy Angostura)

Meanwhile, Principal of Fanny Village Government Primary, Cheryl Rojas, said she was happy Angostura reached out them.

“Our school is in a small village in Point Fortin. What is amazing about the Angostura® experience is that we didn’t reach out to them, Angostura® reached out to us which is quite remarkable, and we would be eternally grateful,” said Principal Rojas.

And Principal of Gasparillo Secondary School, Trudy Jagoo-Maraj, said the company’s compassion in these times is laudable.

“The Gasparillo Secondary School family has been touched by Angostura’s compassion and willingness to help their fellow citizens of Trinidad and Tobago during these unprecedented times,” Principal Jagoo-Maraj said.  “Angostura®, you have heard the call for help and answered it magnificently.”