Jermaine Francis, Staff Reporter
SOME 2,000 persons, including children and the elderly who are either living on the streets or facing hardship, were yesterday fêted to a day of scrumptious delights and entertainment.
The event was the Food For The Poor and the Salvation Army's annual Christmas treat, held at the Emmet Park pavilion on the grounds of St George's College in Kingston.
As several volunteers and St George's College students delivered hot meals consisting of rice and peas, chicken, fish, and cake, the level of appreciation for the day's gesture became even more evident on the faces of the needy persons in attendance.
Michael McLaughlin, who said he has been living on the streets for the past four years, had nothing but praise for the Salvation Army and Food For The Poor.
"It's a wonderful job they are doing, and God should continue to bless them 'cause is not only today alone they are doing this for us," he gushed while eating his meal.
For her second time around at the annual treat, Mavis Mighty, an elderly woman from Arnett Gardens in St Andrew, could not stop talking about the food and how well the volunteers were treating her.
"The food was well catered and they are doing a wonderful job in treating us. I wouldn't mind getting another box," she said.
However, the realities of the harsh economic times were not lost on her, as she further commended Food For The Poor and the Salvation Army for continuing the annual treat despite the tough economic climate.
"Times hard, enuh, but dem still do it, and you know the amount of hungry people dem give a good meal today and they never had to do it," Mighty added.
Each year, Food For The Poor conducts a number of Christmas treats across the island and executive director of the charity, Jacqueline Johnson, said this is part of its mission to help those in need.
"Food For The Poor's mission and vision is to reach out to those who are materially poor and to renew the poor in spirit. This annual Christmas treat is just one way in which we execute this mission," she added.