Every day, Colleenís Kitchen at the San Pedro Food Bank at Hope Haven provides meals to underprivileged children and adults. This program is made possible thanks to local restaurateurs who keep the initiative alive. To further engage the local community and even visitors in contributing to the worthy cause, recycled cotton bags are being distributed at different convenience stores. In exchange, patrons (visitors) are asked to kindly donate any grocery items upon departure that can be used by the food bank at Hope Haven, San Pedroís Childrenís Home and Community outreach Center located on Lion Street, across from the Maya Island Air.

[Linked Image] This environmentally friendly project was funded by one of Hope Havenís patrons, Glenn Schwendinger. He told The San Pedro Sun that the idea is to encourage visitors, who may purchase goods to cook at their lodging places, to donate any leftover groceries upon their departure. Those items can be delivered in the same cotton bags obtained at the different participating grocery stores on the island. The bags will then be returned to the stores for others to use. The program is not only geared towards tourists. Islanders are also encouraged to use the bags and take them to Hope Haven with groceries to benefit those in need.

Schwendinger hopes that this practice is not only done on Ambergris Caye, but that other communities across Belize will follow. He believes that this program is an excellent way to unite the community and help the environment by not using plastic bags while providing groceries to the food program.

For more information about Colleenís Kitchen at San Pedro Food Bank, please visit https://facebook.com/sanpedrofoodbank. For more information about Hope Haven, please visit www.hopehavenbelize.org.

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