Facts About Our Work in Saint Vincent
Food For The Poor partners with the Diocese of Kingstown, which has been in operation for more than 21 years in St. Vincent. An important component of Food For The Poor also provides Gifts In Kind.
In 2017, Food For The Poor shipped a tractor-trailer load of aid that included:
- Hygiene and personal care items
- Products for community development
- Medical supplies
- Canned vegetables, meats and other food items
- Books, pens, pencils and paper
Banana production employs 60 percent of the work force and accounts for 50 percent of merchandise exports in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with an emphasis on the main island of St. Vincent. Such reliance on one crop has made the economy vulnerable to fluctuations in banana prices and reduced European Union trade preferences. To combat these vulnerabilities, the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is focused on diversifying its economy away from its reliance on bananas.
This eastern Caribbean country consists of volcanic Saint Vincent Island and the Grenadines, 32 smaller islands and cays. Saint Vincent is hilly with rich volcanic soils, and its volcano, Soufrière, last erupted in 1979 the year of independence from Britain. Two hydroelectric plants help power Saint Vincent's diversifying economy, dependent in part on exports of bananas and arrowroot, valuable as a starch in carbonless copy paper. Tourism is of growing importance. Founded in 1765, the oldest Botanic Gardens in the Western Hemisphere are located in St. Vincent & The Grenadines.