GOVERNMENT and the private sector have joined forces to provide 10,000 pizzas free of charge to persons who live in communities in Trinidad that were devastated by the flooding which took place earlier this week.
Local Government Minister Chandresh Sharma made this announcement at yesterday’s post- Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair.
A subsequent statement issued last night by the Ministry of the People and Social Development disclosed that Mario’s Pizzeria, National Flour Mills (NFM), Caribbean Packaging Industries (CPI) and Arima Discount Mart (ADM) have teamed up with Government in this unprecedented relief venture. ADM is donating $100,000 in cheese; CPI sponsored $25,000 in pizza boxes; NFM gave $25,000 in flour and Mario’s will cover all additional costs for ingredients and labour.
Kevon Fields, communications officer at the National Flour Mills (NFM), said the company is working together with Marios’s Pizzeria to bring relief to the flood victims.
“Mario’s would be distributing vouchers to flood victims and the NFM would be providing the flour which Mario’s would need,” Fields told Newsday.
People and Social Development Minister Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh will hold a news conference at his ministry’s Independence Square office today at 11 am to provide further details about this initiative which is geared to “provide immediate food relief to citizens in urgent need of relief.”
Stating that many persons have been asking how they can assist flood victims, Sharma earlier disclosed, “I understand that one of our corporate citizens, a pizza store, is making available 10,000 pizzas to bring some smiles to the kids. So if you have kids and you wish to obtain a pizza make sure you live in a flood prone area and send your request.” Newsday was reliably informed that persons who fit these criteria will receive pizza vouchers which they could take to any Mario’s Pizza outlet in Trinidad to obtain their pizza. Sharma said donations such as canned food and other non-perishable items can be made to all 14 local government corporations in Trinidad and at the offices of all 41 Members of Parliament.
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