GraceKennedy pledges more than $ 13 million to help Saint-Vincent
The GraceKennedy Group (GK) responded to support relief efforts in Saint-Vincent following several massive eruptions of the island’s La Soufrière volcano last month.
GK has pledged more than $ 13 million in aid to the Caribbean island nation, which will primarily be used to purchase and ship supplies for its residents.
Part of the pledged funds will also be allocated to GK’s charitable partners working on the ground to support those most affected by the disaster.
Discussing GK’s relief efforts in St Vincent, GK Group CEO Don Wehby said: “From all of our team’s testimony on the ground in St Vincent, the current situation on the island is critical. While volcanic activity is expected to continue for a few days to several weeks, the long-term impact of this disaster will continue for months, if not years, to come, ”Wehby said.
Don Wehby, CEO of GraceKennedy Group
Wehby said the company has set a goal among its affiliates to donate $ 10 million to St Vincent Relief over the next four months.
“In response, we have received commitments from our food and financial services subsidiaries around the world for an amount of over $ 13 million! In just a few days we are already beyond what we set out to do, and I think that says a lot about how we live by our mantra “we care” at GK. “
Days after the La Soufrière eruption last month, Grace Foods Latin America and the Caribbean (LACA), partnered with GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS) to launch GK relief efforts by donating over 120 cases. from food and drink products to the country’s national emergency management. Organization (NEMO) for use in its shelters, through LACA’s local distributor, Coreas Distribution Limited.
LACA has also coordinated a container of 350 cases of Grace Salted Fish and Grace Sardines and 400 cases of 876 Spring Water to be shipped from Jamaica to St Vincent this week.
The container is expected to arrive in St Vincent at the end of next week and is the first of three such containers that GK will ship to the island in the coming months.
“We have an ongoing dialogue with our team in St Vincent to ensure that the supplies we send match our needs. We are the keepers of our Caribbean brothers and sisters, and our thoughts and prayers are with all Vincentians, including our GK team members, who have been touched by this devastating event, ”Wehby said.