By Alexis R. Milan
The San Pedro Red Cross (SPRC) in collaboration with the San Pedro Food Bank, the Saga Humane Society and Sperro, a non-profit volunteer group, held a food drive on the island on Saturday with great success, saying it was the biggest drive they’ve organized.
According to the SPRC, the drive yielded a total of $3,600 and enough food to feed 22 families for three weeks along with several pets. There were volunteers at numerous locations throughout the island collecting cash and food donations.
The SPRC said the drive surpassed all expectations and expressed appreciation to the other organizations involved that endeavor to feed the island’s hungry.
According to the SPRC, the Food Bank, which was started in 2014 to assist struggling families, gives assistance to families with at least one working parent with an income of between $75 to $100 a week. Most of the families in the program are single-mother households and there are currently 22 families in the program with 40 more on the waiting list.
Sperro, a non-profit organization from Ontario, Canada made up of young adults doing community service, joined in the initiative after doing some outreach in Orange Walk. They wanted to expand their community aervice.
The Saga Human Society, the island’s only non-profit full service veterinary clinic, joined in the drive sharing the belief that even animals must be properly taken care of.
The clinic works to improve the general health and well-being of domestic and wild animals on the island. Several sacks of dog and cat food were donated and will be used for the animals housed in their shelter.