GraceKennedy (GK) Group CEO Don Wehby has been announced as the first patron of the GK Campus Connect Food Bank. The announcement was made at a special event at the University of Technology’s Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management, yesterday. In his new capacity, Wehby will play an active role in encouraging individuals and organisations to support the Food Bank and by extension, the students it serves.
Commenting on his new appointment, Wehby said, “When you hear the stories of hardship that our students face and see the challenges that many have to grapple with, you realize the far-reaching impact the Food Bank has. I am pleased to see the difference GK’s contribution makes not only to the students, but also to their families. The Food Bank is a valuable lifeline for those it serves, and I am proud to be playing a more integral role in the commendable work our GK Foundation team is doing. Our GK Campus Connect Food Bank represents a significant investment by GK in youth development, our schools, national development, and Jamaica’s future.”
The GK Campus Connect Food Bank, was established in 2019 by the GraceKennedy Foundation (GKF). Each month the Food Bank provides food packages for Jamaican tertiary students in need who are enrolled at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, University of Technology (UTech), and the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA). Over its lifetime, the Food Bank has provided over 3500 food packages which typically consist of non-perishable food items, fruit and laundry detergent.
CEO of GKF, Caroline Mahfood, explained, “The food insecurity experienced by many Jamaican university students is not just a matter of hunger, it’s also a matter of basic human dignity. No student should have to choose between buying textbooks and their health and well-being. Providing those in need with groceries means that these students have one less thing to worry about, so that they can better focus on their studies. We are happy to collaborate with our Food Bank partners to ensure that this happens each month.”
The GK Campus Connect Food Bank is also supported by several other corporate donors including, Restaurant Associates of Jamaica, JP Tropical Foods, Proven Investments, Derrimon Trading, Roots Strong, and New GPC Inc.