Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2019. 7:23 am CST.
By BBN Staff: In the aftermath of the drought that ravaged the agricultural sector, Belize Camping Experience (BCE), the organization that holds the annual Harvest for Kids fundraiser, is pushing ahead with its new initiative, Apples for Kids, in order to keep serving Belize City’s at-risk youth.
Our newsroom spoke with Alexander Perez, director of BCE, who explained that over 65 acres of crops that were being donated by farmers, were lost as a result of the drought. Those losses included corn, rice, and sugarcane. Perez said that the organization had to get
creative, and after some consideration decided to sell apples to businesses, schools, and individuals.
BCE started out at the end of November with 1,252 boxes of apples, which contained between 88 large apples or 225 small apples per box. BCE has managed to sell over half the initial amount and is expecting another shipment of around 1,200 boxes in the upcoming week.
Proceeds from the sale of the apples will go towards the organization’s various summer camps and other holiday programs that offer at-risk youth positive outlets during periods where they would be out of school. Those interested in buying a box of apples can do so
through the BCE’s Facebook page or call 614-5541.
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