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Opposition Leader backs Food For The Poor

Published:Tuesday | June 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has moved to assure the charity agency Food For The Poor that it has the backing of the People’s National Party.

Some Members of Parliament on both sides of the House recently used a committee meeting to question the housing programme being done by the charity in collaboration with the Government.

This prompted a swift response from Prime Minister Andrew Holness who met with officials of Food For The Poor, to assure them that his administration values the partnership and would seek to extend.

Now, in a recent meeting with chairman of Food For The Poor Andrew Mahfood and vice-chairman Christopher Bicknell Phillips commended the organisation for its long-standing assistance to the poor and neediest persons in the society.  

He also commended the charity for its more recent contribution to the special housing programme, a joint partnership entered into with the previous government which utilised resources from the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme.  

Phillips expresses satisfaction that following a period of indecision, the current administration has decided to extend this programme.  

He also expressed hope that negotiations between the Government and Food For The Poor would soon start and be speedily concluded.