“On Sunday we reached an important milestone for Solidarity Meals. The 10,000th meal has been delivered!”, a very happy Albert Debono from Caritas Malta told Newsbook.com.mt. The project is being sponsored by The Alf Mizzi Foundation, Vecchia Napoli and Alf Mizzi Marketing together with Caritas. The 10,000th meal was distributed to a person in need.
Debono explained that the professional chefs in the restaurants owned by Alf Mizzi Marketing cook the nutritious meals on a daily basis from food supplied free of charge by the same company.
Caritas has been entrusted with identifying the beneficiaries of such meals and is also responsible for coordinating the deliveries. A team of 65 volunteers has been trained to deliver while respecting the directives of the health authorities.
Food delivered within 2 hours
The Caritas coordinator explained that the food is delivered to the 5 food hubs set up by Caritas in different parishes.
“Once at the hubs”, added Debono “the food is prepared in family bags according to the number of meals needed and specific dietary needs. The volunteers are prompted through the social media and within less than 2 hours the meals arrive at their destination.
Caritas is working hand in hand with parish priests Diaconia Commissions, the St Jeanne Antide Foundation, Fondazzjoni Sebh, Millennium Chapel and the Jesuit Paolo Freire Institute.
Fr Keith Bonnici, parish priest of Iklin is supporting this initiative as the locality is serving as one of the hubs from where food is first received then delivered.
This project is also supported by various donations such as that of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter to be able to support all our volunteers with all the necessary sanitizing liquid, masks and other expenses that have to be incurred to provide this service in the safest way possible.
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