The Belmopan City Council is preparing for a food drive initiative to help Belmopan residents for the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz has that story.
Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan City: “Here at the Belmopan City Council and in partnership with area rep the Honorable John Saldivar we have started preparations for a grand food drive here in the City of Belmopan in the face of this virus threat posed by COVID-19. We will be appealing to residents who are in a better position to help others to assist with at least one canned food item to be shared with especially the elderly and disadvantaged families here in Belmopan. We’re just gonna be trying to put together a basic food and sanitary supplies package if we can for distribution to somewhere between 800 and 1000 families or households in the City of Belmopan. We are going to have several drop boxes located at the exits of some of the more popular super markets around town so we’re appealing to residents of Belmopan to as they go about their personal shopping to remember the less privileged among us and pick up an extra canned food item or two to drop into the box as they exit. We’ll also be setting up a box here in the lobby of the Belmopan City council for anyone who has any items at home that they might want to donate they can swing by the council if they don’t want to come into the premises we can of course arrange for curbside pickup we can ask one of our officers to go out and pick up your donation to put into the box. Once we’re in a position to start bagging off and distributing we will let the general public know that they can look out for us in the neighborhoods of Belmopan. This is absolutely nothing political we are trying to reach out to a wide residents here and politics will have absolutely nothing to do with how we decide to distribute.”