More than 200 homeless persons converged on Tower Street in downtown Kingston on Saturday to enjoy food and beverages provided by the Rotaract Club of New Kingston.
"Twice per year, we do the feeding of the homeless project. This is where we select various locations such as Papine, New Kingston and Half-Way Tree, but on this occasion, we decided to have it in downtown Kingston," Travis Graham, president of the Rotaract Club of New Kingston, told The Gleaner. "We partnered with the Rotaract Club of St Martin and are working together to ensure that we feed about 200-250 homeless persons."
Added Graham: "This is a big part of increasing the spirit of volunteerism within Jamaica. A lot of these young professionals are giving back to the society which will contribute to Jamaica being the choice for families to live, work and do business. We are moving towards the Vision 2030 plan."
Graham noted that he was delighted by the turnout and feedback from the people as they seemed very happy.
"We love the fact that many persons are benefiting. One hot meal can go a far way. It is not very sustainable, but at the end of the day, we know that we are satisfying an immediate need for many of these persons. I know that a lot of these people don't know exactly where their next meal is coming from because they are unemployed," Graham said.
"This is definitely something good for them because the need is there and we are satisfying this need. I feel good to know that they are appreciating and enjoying it."