Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June, 2020 at 9:11 am by Andre Camilleri
Food Aid Depot Opens 15 sub-depots across Malta in 3 Months
“The fact that since this pandemic hit Malta three months ago, the Food Aid Depot operating from Floriana has had to open 15 sub-depots across Malta and Gozo says a lot about the current situation and how desperate it has become for many households to simply put food on the table,” says H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca whose Malta Trust Foundation is currently busy running the Food Aid Depot.
Operating from the Malta Trust Foundation’s premises in Floriana, the Food Aid Depot is currently delivering 6000 food packages to over 1700 households across Malta and Gozo.
“These amounts are beyond shocking and it is therefore very important for us all to remain sensitized and aware that for many families, the situation has become very desperate and far from simple. Distribution of all the food packages entails a massive logistics coordination and we feel very lucky to have found the very generous support of eCabs who for the past two months have been assisting us with emergency last minute deliveries of food packages even on weekends,” added H.E. Coleiro Preca who founded the Malta Trust Foundation in 2015 to support and bring a real and significant impact in the lives of disadvantaged young people and individuals.
Greta Borg Bezzina, Director of Operations at eCabs mentioned that the company’s mission was always to bring disruption to the mobility sector and the way people commute.
“However, this disruption is nothing compared to the disruption that this pandemic has dealt to thousands of families and individuals. Therefore, supporting the community at this very fragile time with our deliveries infrastructure has now become eCabs’ mission and priority. At the same time, we are indebted to the many volunteers who are making the Food Aid Depot a living miracle every day,” added Borg Bezzina.
Although the main depot is located in Floriana, the past 3 months have seen another 15 sub-depots opening in Paola, Bormla, Żabbar, Żejtun, Marsa, Qormi, Siġġiewi, Mosta, Senglea, Għaxaq, Mqabba, Sliema, Floriana, Birkirkara and Gozo with the help of parish priests, local councils and schools.
“The basement of St Aloysius College’s 6th Form for example, is acting as our sub-depot in Birkirkara. Gozo too has many families in need, way beyond the 135 households we are already providing food to. And besides the Floriana depot acting as our main base, a significant amount of food is currently being packed in St. Patrick’s School,” she added.
“We are also extremely grateful to companies like eCabs, who have chosen to support our cause by applying what they do best to help the community in these very difficult times for everyone. It is admirable how every time we are faced with emergency deliveries, eCabs is always very responsive and makes sure that our food packages reach the families in need. Together, we want to keep working to make sure no one is left behind,” concluded H.E. Coleiro Preca.