Wednesday 23 September, 2020

R3 Foundation provides support for food relief in Cayman

In a report release by Oxfam in July, it was reported that "By the end of the year 12,000 people per day could die from hunger linked to COVID-19, potentially more than will die from the disease itself."

Even the world’s richest countries are not immune. Data from the UK government shows that during the first few weeks of the lockdown as many as 7.7 million adults reduced their meal portion sizes or missed meals, and up to 3.7 million adults sought charity food or used a food bank. 

In appreciation of the fact that while Cayman is luckier than many others, there are still many people in the community that are hungry, private sector charitable organisation, the R3 Cayman Foundation, awarded $25,000 each to Cayman’s Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) and Meals On Wheels.

R3 Relief Chairman Woody Foster says the Foundation is leveraging its close working relationships with local non-profits to ensure the maximum impact of its funding. It’s a testament to our community solidarity that our local charities are working together, being open and transparent about their needs so we can ensure R3’s funding is going where it is needed most,” he says. “In the case of Meals on Wheels and ARK, these grants were vital to ensuring they could meet the continued demand for food relief.”

Caymans ARK - Acts of Random Kindness been a key player in the local non-profit community throughout the pandemic, working tirelessly to provide food and housing relief to the most vulnerable.

"ARK and an army of volunteers are working tirelessly in the community coordinating food and welfare assistance for people who are experiencing unprecedented hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic," said founder and Director Tara Nielsen.  "As a Not for Profit Organization, that is 100% run by private sector donations, we are grateful to have the R3 Cayman Foundation to help us continue to provide relief in times of crisis. This significant donation will assist us in maintaining operations at our two soup kitchens which provide meals for over 2,000 people island-wide.”

R3 has donated a total of $50,000 to Meals On Wheels. MOW is a lifeline for vulnerable members in our community, providing daily hot meals and soups to those most in need.

General Manager Jennifer West says: "The contribution of funds would enable MOW to feed 5,000 persons. As many organisations have already begun to scale back on meal service, MOW will continue to focus on its mission to end senior hunger in the Cayman Islands. We continue to receive referrals of seniors, disabled, infirm and other vulnerable members of the community in need of the hot meals and warm smiles delivered by our volunteers."

These donations were included among a number of grants totalling more than $190,000 that were recently donated to several local non-profit organisations.
 
To learn more about applying for an R3 grant, visit: www.r3foundation.ky.

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