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Belize City Council launches pantry for over 300 residents

Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018. 8:53 am CST.

BBN Staff: The current elected officials of the Belize City Council were swept into office on March 7th on a platform of social infrastructure.

In keeping with its manifesto, the council has launched a pantry program for the constituencies of Lake Independence, Collet and Port Loyola.

The pantry which will include groceries, clothing, footwear and school supplies is to benefit over 300 families.

Councilor with responsibility for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Candice Pitts, today told BBN that this initiative is a collaborative effort on the part of her council and the Sisters and Brothers in Christ Ministries in Florida.

When asked for a brief history of the program, Councilor Dr. Pitts explained, “Brenda August started Sisters and Brothers in Christ Ministries about 5 years ago in Palm Beach, Florida. Brenda observed the vast majority of homeless people in her community and wanted to do something for them. She started to make sandwiches for them, then she started to feed 25 people per week.”

Councilor Dr. Pitts added, “She then partnered with family members and churches to feed 125 people per week. Later, Brenda extended the ministry internationally, to her hometown of Belize. 3 years ago, she donated food and clothes to residents of Bullett Tree in Cayo, Libertad in Corozal, and Gungulung in Belize City.”

She further mentioned that this year Brenda via her brother Lyle August, reached out to Mayor Bernard Wagner and the Belize City Council to serve the residents of Belize City.

According to Mayor Wagner, this is the first council to do a social program of this magnitude.

The program will commence distribution from July 24-26.


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