Angostura distributed $1 million worth of hampers recently to families who have been financially impacted by the covid19 pandemic. The donation was part of a food drive organised by the company after employees gave up their paid vacation entitlements to assist families in need. Mangement, executives and directors also donated to the cause. In a release Thursday, Angostura said employees raised $1million towards their initiative, called "From our Angostura family to yours," and sourced, ordered, purchased all the items using the donated money. They also packed all the boxes. Every employee was given the opportunity to select families across the country who need help and personally delivered the hampers. In addition, hampers were given out to several NGOs including the Loveuntil Foundation, Serving Women and Youth and National Family Services. Other groups included councillors from the Morvant/Laventille communities, the Inter-Agency Task Force and the North Eastern Division Community Policing Unit.
The hampers comprised over 60 items including canned foods, dry goods, fresh produce, meats, dairy products, cleaning supplies and toiletries. Many suppliers contributed by donating additional items, and as a result, the employees were able to give families at least a month’s worth of groceries. "Angostura would like to thank all the suppliers who supported (the drive), either by donating items or by significantly reducing prices... The cost of each hamper would have doubled if the items were purchased (retail)," the statement said.