Watch: Archbishop Scicluna gifts 700 solidarity meals ahead of his birthday

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna who will celebrate his 61st birthday on Friday has made a donation which would fund 700 solidarity meals. Mgr Scicluna visited the kitchen were solidarity meals are being prepared on a daily basis for individuals who have reached out to Caritas Malta for assistance. The meals will be delivered on Friday.

In a statement, the Archdiocese of Malta explained that The Alfred Mizzi Foundation was sponsoring the meals while Caritas Malta ensured that the meals are delivered to those who need them.

Requests are being received through the special lines which Caritas Malta set up since the coronavirus outbreak or through parish priests and NGOs who have approached the entity flagging cases of vulnerable people.

Caritas Malta coordinates the delivery of food through different parish priests, the St Jean Antide Foundation, Fondazzjoni Sebħ, Paolo Freire Institute, and Millennium Chapel. Food is delivered to the parishes of Marsascala, Bormla, Iklin, Balzan, and St Julian’s, as well as the Ronald McDonald Centre in Qawra. Around 75 volunteers then deliver the food on the person’s doorstep.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna thanked the Alf. Mizzi Foundation and its benefactors and volunteers. He remarked that this was a great privilege and blessing.

Julian Sammut from The Alfred Mizzi Foundation explained that when the foundation was setting up this project, they sought to use this time as an opportunity to create something new. Food is being prepared at Vecchia Napoli’s restaurant kitchen while the supplies were being provided by the foundation. Caritas is running the logistical side of the project.

The operation set up by The Alfred Mizzi Foundation with the support of Alf. Mizzi & Sons Marketing Ltd. and Vecchia Napoli, Solidarity Meals with the slogan ‘Ikla Bnina Kuljum’ (a good meal each day) aims at providing a lifeline for those families and individuals struggling during the coronavirus crisis.

Caritas Malta Director Anthony Gatt said that as an organisation, Caritas Malta has always been sensitive to the needs of vulnerable individuals according to their particular needs. He noted that some individuals who have made a request for assistance, had never thought they would find themselves in such a situation.

If you need assistance, call Caritas Malta on 79213480, 99122515 or send an email on help@caritasmalta.org.

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