The Love Foundation continues to provide relief to many individuals via a fund that was established shortly after Covid-19 in March. Since then the foundation has been receiving assistance from several entities to keep the fund going. This morning they received ten thousand dollars from Sol Belize. An official handing-over took place this morning in Belize City. Speaking on behalf of Sol Belize was Zeidy Badillo of the company’s marketing department.
Zeidi Badillo, Marketing and Retail Executive: “We realized the economic impact that the pandemic has had and Sol has always tried to help in communities any way it can. In past years we had donated to several organizations and this is just our way of giving back during this hard time. We understand what everybody is going through so we want to be able to impact directly when it comes to food distribution. One of our main things is health and safety so people can’t be healthy if they don’t eat. So this in partnering with Love Foundation this was perfect because we want to be able to feed families that don’t have any other way. So we were very excited about this partnership and this just goes to step two of what we did previously during the lock down in April we actually did through the Shell Gas Stations we also did the medical heroes kind of contribution where they were able to purchase fuel at reduced prices for the medical areas.”
According to the Executive Director of the Love Foundation, Deborah Seawell, the funds are used to buy food and essential supplies for those who are yet to be assisted by government or any other agencies.
Deborah Seawell, Executive Director, Love Foundation: “We have been working alongside the Ministry of Human Development where we’re able to run the families through the Ministry of Human Development’s database to ensure that they’re not on any other programs that are being sponsored by the Government of Belize and once we’ve determined that these families have not been recipients of any other programs then we’re able to assist them with a one time donation for food items. The way that we do it is that we work specifically with supermarkets and the families are able to go to the supermarkets and pick out the food that they need and we allocate the dollar amounts based on the size of the family. The program started through a fundraiser that we did with Jankunu Productions and we raised $25,000 during that fundraiser. So with that $25,000 we’ve been able to help close to six hundred families countrywide and seniors and so we believe that this $10,000 donation will add to that and we think based on the allocations that we’ve made probably about three hundred – three hundred and fifty families will be helped from this donation.”
According to Seawell they will continue this initiative as long as they get the support from business communities or other potential partners.