Emergency Food Shelf Network Delegation Meet Vice President Joseph Boakai

Monday, 23rd February 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - The Vice President of Liberia Joseph N. Boakai says Liberia is still far from reaching self-sufficiency in food production and would welcome assistance from well-meaning individuals and organizations.

He observed that relief assistance is an “excellent program” for a country emerging from a devastating civil conflict, where orphans and elderly persons swell in numbers.

Vice President Boakai made the observation on February 23, when a three-man delegation from the Minnesota based Emergency Food Shelf Network, headed by its Executive Director, Mr. Tim Bames, paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building office.

“Relief assistance to post-war Liberia is a good idea. The need is there. I know people who are not able anymore to afford a livelihood. Even the President herself occasionally gets involved in relief work,” the Vice President emphasized.

Vice President Boakai lauded Rev. Trevor Cockings of the United Kingdom based His Church Ministry, who, he said, has rendered tremendous assistance to the needy in post-war Liberia.

Briefing the Vice President earlier, the Community Relations Coordinator of Emergency Food Shelf Network, Mr. Jackson K. George, said the delegation is on a month-long visit to the country to evaluate the needs of Liberians.

Mr. George said the delegation has already visited the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center, and will visit Bong Mines and Buchanan in line with its mission.

Also in remarks, Executive Director Bames said his organization has been operating a food bank for the past 30 years. He added that Emergency Food Shelf Network runs an African Food Project in Minnesota, U.S.A for West and East Africa.