Six thousand residents across sixteen Communities in district twelve Montserrado County on Saturday April 19, 2020 benefited from food and other assorted items under the auspices of Food Assistance Program in the district.
The gesture which was made available by a former representative candidate in district 12 Montserrado County Ambassador Laraamand S. Nyonton was among other things aimed at reaching out to the less fortunate and under privileged people in the district at this crucial time of the COVID-19 Crisis in Liberia.
In a statement read by Lee A. Woodson chairman of the program noted that he (Amb.Nyonton) saw the need to identify with already struggling residents mainly older people in the district who in times of crisis are in some cases forgotten.
The donation marked the launch of the Food Assistance Program (FAP) in the district by Amb. Nyonton.
He used the occasion to encourage his people as they benefit from the assorted items to observe all preventive measures provided to them by the health authorities in Liberia including the World Health Organization in order to remain save during this crisis period.
“The Corona Virus pandemic is real, and we must once more demonstrate our collective will as a people in defeating COVID-19, he added.
The initiative which kicked up in the JJY community with an extension to other communities worth a little over $76,000 Liberian Dollars while the total cost of the program is estimated at $ 1,216,000 Liberian Dollars and put smiles on the faces of 1,200 households and 6,000 residents respectively.
The beneficiaries many of whom were older women and men in their mid-sixties and seventies respectively lauded the efforts of the young Ambassador and promised to use what they described as the needed and timely items wisely.
Lee, Chairman of the program urged his people to avoid social distancing which is one of the protocols he observed that has so far been repeatedly violated in local communities in Liberia since the outbreak of the crisis.
He at the same time called on residents to continue washing their hands regularly and to as well stay home in order to avoid the further spread of the virus.
The “FAP” according to Lee will continue to identify needs of the people as their way of giving back to its people over the period.
Meanwhile some of the items donated were: Rice, Igo Oil and sanitary materials among others.