AARON HUMES Reporting: This week there will be two events to support the feeding program established by Joel “Dara” Robinson 7 years ago at his Dunn Street, King’s Park home.
The program targets 40 children on a daily basis from Monday to Friday with nutritious and healthy lunches.
Founder Robinson says he got started having experienced his own struggles with hunger growing up and that motivates him to constantly seek support.
Dara’s wife, Melony Murray, known as Tia, is the main cook, cleaner and bottle-washer, responsible for preparing the actual meals – today, white rice, chicken and Yus citrus juice. But a special visitor provided a treat for the group today – homemade plantain porridge.
Ras Amin, a contributor to the program says he hopes more people begin to use to natural foods which have more nutritional and health benefits than manufactured and heavily processed foods.
On average he brings his porridge once a week, though the kids would like it more often. Robinson says he is often called upon to be a father figure for the members of the program but says he cannot do it alone.
Robinson can be contacted at telephone number 623-3662 to make donations but on Thursday, a formal food drive kicks off at the MCC Tennis Court at 10:00 a.m.
Robinson will take any and all donations with one condition: no expired food. The drive is being hosted on the birth date of reggae legend Bob Marley of Jamaica.
The tribute concert to Marley will be held on Sunday, February 9 at the Birds’ Isle beginning at 4:00 p.m.
According to Robinson this is because more people came out to the concert for entertainment’s sake and forgot the true message of philanthropy.
DJ’s performing free of charge on the evening include Evan “Mose” Hyde known as the “Mad Rocka,” Unity Sounds led by Kwame Scott, Anthony “Tony G” Grant, Lindy D, Cloud 9 Sounds and Troy Flowers aka DJ Dalla, as well as the usual screening of Bob Marley performances on the “Cyber Home Theatre”.
Entrance is seven dollars. Robinson has included a plea to end senseless violence in the City as part of this year’s event.
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