It’s a busy summer, now that school is out. One of the many activities across the island is Food for the Poor (FFP) Jamaica’s Health and Distribution Fair in Westmoreland, which will take place from Wednesday, July 18 to Friday, July 20. This is FFP’s sixth such event in the western end of the island and it will be based at Torrington Wesleyan Holiness Church, Torrington District, Savanna-la-Mar.
From 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18, agricultural outreach and distribution will take place in a remote community. There will be wheelchair fitting and distribution, as well as handovers to the police, churches, schools and the local Infirmary. Gift packages will include food, toiletries and agricultural items.
The free health fair, open to the public, will begin at 7:00 a.m. bright and early on Thursday, July 19. The fair will include the disbursement of medication, as well as books and school supplies for the children. Residents from communities such as Torrington, Savanna-La-Mar, Hartford, Bath, and Strathbogie will receive free medical examinations and prescriptions from a team of medical personnel including doctors, nurses and a pharmacist. There will also be a dental clinic for the children (perhaps not as much fun as gift packages).
This kind of outreach during the summer is a lifeline for rural residents. It is expected that at least 2,000 adults and children will benefit. There are so many needs and FFP is helping to fill them, with its usual dedication and fixity of purpose.