JWN Foundation pumps $2M into school feeding programme
The Education sector received a boost recently with the donation of a $2 million Christmas gift to the National School Feeding Programme by the J Wray
& Nephew-operated JWN Foundation.
According to director of public affairs and sustainability at J. Wray & Nephew Tanikie McClarthy Allen, the contribution to the school feeding programme is part of a dual package in the 2016 JWN Foundation's Christmas project, which saw 1,000 children fÍted at Yuletide events in St Elizabeth at the company's vast and picturesque location, Appleton Estate, and at its Spanish Town Road office.
McClarthy Allen noted that in keeping with the spirit of the season, the JWN Foundation ensured that the children who live around the Appleton Estate
and communities, including Waterhouse, Seaview Gardens, and Riverton City, near its Spanish Town Road plant, walked away with a vast array of gifts.
"This truly exemplifies the real vibe of the JWN Foundation family," said McCarthy Allen.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Education Floyd Green, who accepted the JWN Foundation's donation to the school feeding programme last Thursday, lauded its work as he noted the significance of the donation.
Green noted that "school feeding programmes support education, reduce malnutrition, and promote development, especially for those at the lower economic levels. These are valuable interventions to support the development and growth of our children, our future."
Chairman of J. Wray & Nephew Clement 'Jimmy' Lawrence highlighted the increased importance of corporate social responsibility for any country and for companies that have invested millions in community initiatives across the island.
"One cannot leave the social and economic growth of a country to just the Government. It is the responsibility of all citizens," said Lawrence.
Already, the JWN Foundation has given out more than $30 million through its annual scholarship awards, which has been running for the past 10 years.
This year, more than 100 students benefited from a $10 million bursary from the foundation.