Ministry of VSA distributes donated food kits to residents in need | SOUALIGA NEWSDAY

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The department of Social Services and Community Development Family & Humanitarian Affairs has been giving out boxes of Emergency Food Kits (EFK) to various foundations and churches on the island. 

The donation of EFK’s was made to the Government of Sint Maarten by Global Medic. The total amount of kits adds up to 123,336 meals. Minister Emil Lee thanked Global Medic for their generous donation and the community partners who are assisting the Ministry of VSA with the distributions. Together ensuring that residents, who need these food kits the most, receive them.

The donation was made to Government as preparation for distribution in the event of a major storm during the 2018 hurricane season. Government received a donation of 20,556 Emergency Food Kits from Global Medic. 

“Luckily, we were spared from the 2018 hurricane season and did not have to make use of the Emergency Food Kits after a major storm.” In 2017, after Irma, Global Medic donated water filters to Sint Maarten, which was distributed directly with the assistance of the Tzu Chi Foundation. 

Global Medic is a registered Canadian charity, whose mandate is to save lives by providing short-term rapid response in the wake of disasters and crisis, both in Canada and abroad. 

Each emergency food kit includes 6 Meals consisting of 4 ingredients: long grain rice, dehydrated soy flour, a dehydrated vegetable blend, and vitamin fortified powder. In order to ensure that the donation does not go unused, the food kits that cannot be used for the 2019 hurricane season are being distributed via the Ministry of VSA to those most in need within the community. 

Source: Souliga Newsday