Chaguanas Mayor Faaiq Mohammed (left) distributes hampers to needy burgesses on Wednesday, at the CBC’s administrative complex at Cumberbatch Street. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)

Chaguanas Mayor Faaiq Mohammed is appealing for more food support for burgesses.

The Mayor made this statement on Wednesday, when he distributed 150 hampers to persons who had little or no income.  The hamper distribution exercise took place at the administrative complex of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation (CBC), on Cumberbatch Street.

The Chaguanas Mayor told Guardian Media this batch of hampers was donated by the Chinese Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago.

Mayor Mohammed said he had written to the business community and various diplomatic missions seeking assistance, and the Chinese were the first to respond and partner with the CBC.

“I would like to thank the Government of the People’s Republic of China.  I reached out to them for some humanitarian aid, and they responded immediately, and this is very admirable of them, and it shows how much they really care for the people of this country,” Mayor Mohammed said.

“These hampers are for those adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Those who have lost income, those who are unemployed at this point in time. There are a lot of single parents who are trying to make ends meet and put food on the table,” the Mayor added.

Mayor Mohammed said the CBC has also made requests for assistance from other diplomatic missions and the private sector, apart from applying for funding from the Government of T&T for a humanitarian aid programme.

He said the CBC also has partnered with the Supermarket’s Association of T&T to have some of the market vendors vaccinated, along with some employees of the CBC. He said the vendors should start getting vaccinated on Thursday.