The fruit boxes that have been distributed to local families in need

‘Food with Love’ for disadvantaged families

A west coast community association has stepped up its support of local families suffering hardships during the pandemic.

The organisation, which early in April began distributing boxes of fruit and vegetables, has this week donated €500 to the area’s Sociedade S. Vicente de Paulo, Aljezur, to reinforce that support.

Amovate, the association of residents and friends of Vale da Telha, has already handed out trays of fresh fruit and vegetables to local families via the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Conferência Nossa Senhora D’Alva, Aljezur.

The fruit and vegetables were supplied at cost by Aljezur market stallholder Petra Deen who also packed the boxes for distribution.

Amovate also arranged – with the assistance of Restaurante Fonte do Vale who received the donations from local individuals via strict social-distancing guidelines – to deliver more than 40 carrier bags of non-perishable foodstuffs to the charity such as pasta, rice, tinned foods, cereals, oil, washing liquids and toiletries.

Amovate President Ian Bedford told us: “In these difficult times, there are always families who suffer more than most and Amovate decided to team up with the local charities to offer our help.

“We were told that supplying boxes of fruit and vegetables for families with no land to grow their own food was the most pressing need and, after that, the supply of basic essentials to more of the families hit hardest by the pandemic.

“We would certainly appreciate it if the generosity of the local community would continue.”

The charity Conferência Nossa Senhora D’Alva has described these donations as “Food with Love”, and President Fernanda Agapito, whose team cooks food for 30-plus families at the weekends, said: “On behalf of myself and the Conferência Nossa Senhora D’Alva, we would like to thank everyone for what they have done for us.”

Collections are ongoing and Amovate asks that more such donations are dropped off at the Fonte restaurant, which is situated alongside the centrally located Pines Roundabout in Vale da Telha.

Amovate, a non-profit making charitable organisation, can be contacted via messaging on the Amovate Facebook page, or by email at [email protected]

Amovate president Ian Bedford handing the cheque to Aljezur priest Father António. Fernanda Agapito from Conferência Nossa Senhora D’Alva is also pictured.
The fruit boxes that have been distributed to local families in need